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by Hon. Winslow Tracy Williams at Rockclyffe.

At i p. m. The grand parade will form as follows,
starting promptly at 2 p. m. :

First Division Midshipmen and Regulars, on Broad-
way, right resting on Main street; Coast Artillery Corps,
Governor's Foot Guards, Putnam Phalanx and G. A. R.,
on Shetucket street, right resting on Main street.

Second Division Commerce street, right resting on
Market street.

Third Division Church street, right resting on Wash-
ington square.

Fourth Division Little Water street, right resting on
Shetucket street.

Fifth and Sixth Divisions Floats North Main street,
right resting on East Main street.

The line of march will be from Broadway to East Main
and countermarch up Broadway to Harland road. First
Division countermarch to Williams avenue; Second Divi-
sion to Williams street ; Third Division to Lincoln avenue ;


Fourth Division to Sachem street ; Fifth and Sixth Divisions
continue to march to and around the Norwich Town Green.
Divisions will form en masse on above streets and after-
wards continue march down Washington and Main streets
and then be dismissed.

The Divisions will be composed as follows :

Platoon of Police.
Chief Marshal Col. C. W. Gale and Staff.

First Division.

Lieut. Col. Henry S. Dorsey and Staff.

Tubbs's Military Band.
Battalion of 600 Midshipmen from Annapolis.

Eleventh Band, U. S. C. A. C.

Battalion of Four Companies U. S. Regular Army.

President of the United States, William H. Taft.

Hatch's First Infantry Band, C. N. G.

Battalion Six Companies C. A. Corps.

Foot Guard Band.
Second Company, Governor's Foot Guard.

Foot Guard Band.
First Company, Governor's Foot Guard.

Governor Weeks and Staff.
Representatives of Town and City.

Putnam Phalanx.
Sedgwick Post, G. A. R.

Second Division.

Maj. William A. Wells and Staff.

Newark Letter Carriers' Band.

Postmaster and Government Employees.

Mohegan Indians.
Modern Woodmen of America.

O. B. A. Society, No. 62.

I. O. B. A. Society, No. 309.

Joseph Garibaldi Society.


Putnam City Band.

United German Societies.

Italian Benevolent Society.

St. Jean Baptiste Society.

Worcester Cadet Band.

Swedish Societies.

Yantic Fire Engine Co.


Third Division.

Col. John P. Murphy and Staff.

Red Men.

Wheeler's Wlllimantic Band.
Second Division, A. O. H.

Irish Jaunting Car.

St. Mary's Fife and Drum Corps, New Britain.

A. O. H. Knights, New Britain.

First Division, A. O. H.

Knights of Columbus.

Westerly Band.

St. Mary's T. A. and B. Society.
Temperance Cadets' Drum Corps.

Tierney Cadets.
St. Anne's Temperance Society.

Pulaski Band.
St. George's Society.

Sokel Polski.

Slater Band of Jewett City.

St. John's Society.

St. Joseph's Society.

Fourth Division.

Maj. Frank J. King and Staff.
Fifth Regiment Band, M. V. M.

Odd Fellows.

Second Regiment Band, C. N. G.
Central Labor Union.


Fifth Division.

Marshal Frank T. Maples and Staff.

School Children.

Sixth Division.

Marshal Joseph D. Aiken and Staff.

Industrial, Society, Merchants and Trades.

After the parade passes the President he will deliver an
address from the reviewing stand, and will then proceed
to Buckingham Memorial, where a public reception will be
held until 6 o'clock.

At 5.30 p. m., will occur the second flight of the airship.

At 7 p. m. There will be band concerts as follows:
On Union square, by Fifth Regiment band, M. V. M. ; at
Greeneville, by the Governor's Foot Guard band ; at West
Side, by Hatch's First Regiment band, C. N. G. ; at Norwich
town, by Tubbs's Military band. The concert on Union
square will extend until 8.30 o'clock ; the others from 7 to 8.

At 8.30 p. m. Grand display of fireworks on Rogers's
Hill, above the bank of the Shetucket river directly opposite
the station of the New York, New Haven and Hartford
railroad. From this eminence the display can be seen from
nearly every part of the city. This will be the grandest
display of fireworks ever seen in eastern Connecticut. Dur-
ing the evening the streets of the business section will be
illuminated by electrical arches and devices of a spectacular

Tuesday, July 6, 1909.

At 8.30 a. m. Demonstration of the Fire Department
at the Central station.

9 a. m. Third ascension of the airship.

10 a. m. Automobile parade. All automobiles will be
decorated and valuable prizes will be given. The line of


march will form on Broadway with the first car at the
theatre. The autos will go up Broadway to Washington
street, up Washington street to Norwich Town, around
the Norwich Town Green back to Chelsea parade, passing
the reviewing stand again, turning into Williams avenue to
Washington street, down Washington street to West Main
street, over to the West Side, up Fairmount street and Pearl
street, through Ann street to West Main street and back
to Buckingham Memorial, then up North Main street,
around the car barn and down Central avenue to Main
street and there disbanding.

10.30 a. m. Dedication of a memorial fountain at the
Little Plain by Faith Trumbull chapter, D. A. R. :

"The Star-Spangled Banner" Tubbs's band

Invocation Rev. Lewellyn Pratt, D.D.

Greeting Mrs. Elizabeth B. Buel,

State regent Connecticut D. A. R.
"Connecticut State Hymn."

Solo Ebenezer Learned.

Chorus D. A. R.
Presentation of the Fountain,

Mrs. Ellen M. K. Bishop, regent.
Unveiling of the Fountain,

Miss Mary Lanman Huntington.
Miss Helen Lathrop Perkins.
Reception of the Fountain,

His Honor, Mayor Costello Lippitt.

Address Rev. Edwin W. Bishop, D.D., Oak Park, 111.

Closing Words Mrs. Sara T. Kinney,

Honorary state regent Connecticut D. A. R.

2 p. m. Literary exercises at the Broadway theatre, as
follows :

1. Prelude Orchestra

2. Opening address by the president of the day, Hon

Winslow Tracy Williams.

3. Reading of Scripture. .. .Rev. Samuel H. Howe, D.D.


4. Prayer.

5. Anthem Choir of 150 voices conducted by Frederick

W. Lester.

6. Welcome by the mayor, Hon. Costello Lippitt.

7. Historical address

President Harry A. Garfield of Williams College.

8. Hymn Choir and audience.

9. Historical address,

Arthur L. Shipman, Esq., of Hartford.

10. Hymn Choir and audience.

11. Historical address Hon. Samuel O. Prentice,

Associate Judge of the Supreme Court of Connecticut.

12. Original hymn by Margaret W. Fuller,

Choir and audience.

13. Reading of "The Inland City" (Edmund C. Stedman),

Rev. Lewellyn Pratt, D.D.

14. Singing "America."

At 4 p. m. Game of baseball between two state league

5 p. m. Organ recital by Mr. R. Huntington Woodman
at Broadway Congregational church.

5.30 p. m. Last ascension of the airship.

7.30 p. m. Concert by Tubbs's Military band, near the

8 p. m. Water carnival and illuminated display in the
harbor under the management of the Chelsea Boat club.
Grand electrical display on business blocks and thorough-

The headquarters of the celebration will be on the
main floor of the Buckingham Memorial, which is adjacent
to the station of the New York, New Haven and Hartford
railroad, where an information bureau, writing facilities,
a register and the newspapers of the day can be found.

It is expected that all the vestries of the several
churches will be open for rest and comfort stations for
women and children.


The loan exhibition, under the management of Faith
Trumbull chapter, D. A. R., will be open at the Converse
Art gallery July 3 to 7, inclusive, at the following hours :

Saturday, July 3, from 2 to 6 p. m.

Monday, July 5, from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m.

Tuesday, July 6, from 2 to 6 p. m .

Wednesday, July 7, from 10 a. m. to 6 p. m.

Headquarters for the representatives of the press and
newspaper correspondents will be furnished on the second
floor of the banking house of the Thames National bank,
where all the necessary facilities will be provided.


(From the Norwich Bulletin.)

Winding its way through solid banks of humanity like
a living river the great parade of Monday was unanimously
acclaimed the finest spectacle of its kind ever seen in this
part of the state. About 4,000 people were in line.

As a patriotic demonstration and a tribute marking the
25oth anniversary of the birth of Norwich it will long be
remembered and talked of as one of the greatest features of
the big celebration.

A continuous round of applause greeted every organiza-
tion in every division all along the line of march and at
times burst into a perfect ovation, when a sight of President
Taft or some particular body of the paraders incited addi-
tional enthusiasm. The greetings were spontaneous and
enthusiastic, and this was especially true of the great recep-
tion accorded to the organizations in the military division.
The touch of pageantry given the scene by the brilliant
uniforms of the Putnam Phalanx and the Foot Guard
caught the eye and fancy of the watching thousands and
recalled to many minds the stirring historical events of
colonial days when such uniforms were more familiar on
the streets of this city than they are to-day. But as the
more strikingly uniformed troops passed on with their
glittering arms and silver trappings, to give place to the


thousands of civilians marching as members of civic frater-
nities, there was no abatement in the interest with
which the crowds were held and not until the last
float in the rear division had passed on did they begin
to press forward and onward in the trail of the paraders,
seeking one more look at some particularly pleasing feature
of the parade.

Promptness and efficiency marked the management and
formation of the various divisions, and at the appointed
time of two o'clock the head of the parade swung into
Broadway. There had been no hitch in getting the various
divisions assembled at the appointed places and the taking
up of the line of march was carried out with commendable
promptness and despatch.

First Division.

In the lead were Sergeant Twomey and Policemen
Ebberts and Doty, mounted. Then followed Chief Marshal
Colonel Charles W. Gale and staff, mounted, his staff being
composed of Z. R. Robbins, John J. Manwaring, Rutherford
C. Plaut, Robert Briggs, J. Harry Shannon, Herbert M.
George, Robert W. Perkins, Charles H. Haskell, Charles P.
Johnson, Dr. James J. Donohue, Rufus Burnham, Major
F. A. Fox.

The platoon of police composed of eight men was under
command of Capt. George Linton and they were as follows :
Officers Thomas Brock, Allan Mathews, John Bray,
Timothy J. Driscoll, Henry Fenton, Charles Smith, Bernard
B. Morrow, Jacob Vetter.

Lieut. Colonel Henry S. Dorsey and staff, composed of
Capt. Percy H. Morgan, C. N. G., New London; Capt. A. P.
Woodward, C. N. G., Danielson; Lieut. Duncan, U. S. A.,
Fort Terry ; Lieut. Ernest R. Barrows, C. N. G., New Lon-
don, mounted.

Tubbs's band with thirty pieces in charge of Conductor
Charles W. Tubbs was the first of the organizations and
gave fine music.


Midshipmen Made a Hit.

The first burst of applause was inspired by the body
of half a thousand midshipmen, in charge of Lieut. Com-
mander D. E. Desmukes, and commanded by cadet officers.

The future naval officers immediately caught the crowd
with their fine appearance and easy marching stride. They
were clad in regulation dark blue uniforms, moulded to
finely developed forms, and wore white canvas caps and
leggins. The privilege of parading in Norwich especially
appealed to them, as it is seldom that they have ever been
permitted to take part in a municipal celebration. There
were ten companies of the middies, a total of 580 men.
They were off the Olympia, Chicago, Tonopah and Hart-
ford, now in New London harbor and were commanded by
Brigadier Commander Burne, Brigade Adjutant Lang-
worthy and Chief Petty Officer Hosford.

All along the route they were admired and cheered,
and not without good cause, for they made a splendid show-

On their return to Union Square they attracted much
attention, as they rounded Broadway corner with their
fancy turn but as true as if by machinery. At Union Square
they gave an exhibition drill and won much applause, clos-
ing with their cheer and three cheers for Norwich.

Coast Artillery.

Next in line were three companies of Coast Artillery
regulars, the I32d, 43d, and I2th, of the New London Artil-
lery district, Major Ellis commanding, and following them
six companies of the Coast Artillery corps: loth, Captain
Connor, 2d, Captain Rogers; ist, Captain Paul of New Lon-
don ; 3d, Captain Hagberg ; 5th, Captain Tarbox of Norwich,
and I3th, Captain Armington, of Danbury. The Eleventh
band, V. S. C. A. C, was escort for this section of the
military division, and all along Broadway they were honored
as the escort of President Taft and party.



In the first carriage were President Taft, Winslow T.
Williams, president of the General Committee, Captain
Archibald Butt, and a secret service man.

Foot Guard and Phalanx.

Of all the troops the Governor's Foot Guards and their
bands and the Putnam Phalanx and its drum corps made
the big hits of the day. The Second company of New
Haven had the right of the line in this section. There were
over loo men in this company and their bearskin head-
pieces, scarlet, silver trimmed and epauleted coats, cream
colored, tight-fitting pants, and dark leggins, made them
a center of attraction and recipients of ovations from the
start to the finish of the parade. This was also true of the
First company of Hartford, immediately preceding the
second carriage in which were Governor Weeks, Edwin A.
Tracy, chairman of the Executive Committee, and Adjutant
General Cole.

In the carriages following were the members of the Gov-
ernor's staff as follows: Maj. Archibald E. Rice, Waterbury ;
Maj. Louis M. Ullman, New Haven; Lieut. Com. Frederic
A. Bartlett, Bridgeport ; Adjt. Gen. Col. William E. F. Lan-
ders, Meriden ; Asst. Quartermaster Gen. Col. Michael J.
Wise, Hartford ; Quartermaster Gen. Col. Robert O. Eaton,
Montowese ; Surgeon Gen. Col. Frederick F. Graves, Water-
bury ; Commissary Gen. Col. Andrew N. Shepard, Portland ;
Paymaster Gen. Col. Elmer H. Havens, Bridgeport.

Following in carriages were: First Selectman Lathrop
and Selectmen Francis E. Beckwith and Albert W. Lilli-
bridge, and Town Clerk Charles S. Holbrook, Mayor
Costello Lippitt, Aldermen Frank A. Robinson, Lyman W.
Whiting and Grosvenor Ely, and Councilmen C. Leslie
Hopkins, Louis H. Geer, Edgar B. Worthington, and
Joseph H. Gilbert, Walter F. Lester, John Heath, Hugh
Blackledge, Walter H. Woodworth, Tax Collector Thomas
A. Robinson, City Treasurer Ira L. Peck, and Street Com-
missioner George E. Fellows.


In Broadway the parade halted at Williams avenue and
the companies gave way to allow the President, the
Governor, with his staff, and the town and city officials to
proceed to the stand.

Putnam Phalanx.

Those veterans of many marches and many such occa-
sions as that of Monday, the famous Putnam Phalanx of
Hartford, were never more appreciated than they were in
Norwich. There were thousands among the throngs that
bordered the line of march who saw them for the first time,
though knowing them well by reputation.

These were quickly recognized by their blue continental
uniforms with wide buff facings and their plumed chapeaux,
worn with distinction. Their tan-topped boots seemed to
drag a little toward the latter end of the afternoon, but they
finished the march like good soldiers. Everywhere they
were given great applause.

Boys of '61.

Members of Sedgwick Post, G. A. R., made the first
division complete and the float containing a score or more
of the boys of '61 stirred up patriotism at every yard of the
parade. The gun and carriage presented to the state by
Governor Buckingham and which has a history of service,
of capture by the confederates and recapture by the union
forces, was also included in the G. A. R. section.

Second Division.

Behind Major William A. Wells and staff riding at the
head of the second division was the Newark Letter Carriers'
band, acting as escort for Postmaster Caruthers and his
guests and the government employes of the city.

The last of the Mohegans, once proud tribe, repre-
sented in the parade by a half-dozen fantastically painted
and garbed braves, on foot, and a few women in carriages,
was a suggestive feature linking the long gone past to the


Then came the members of the Modern Woodmen of
America, some uniformed and carrying axes, making a good

Next came the members of the O. B. A. society, and
next in order the Joseph Garibaldi society, wearing scarlet
blouses with bright green trimmings on the sleeves and also
on the caps.

The Putnam City band was escort for the United Ger-
man societies, distinguished by their baldrics tinted in the
colors of the Fatherland. The St. Jean Baptiste society
of Taftville made a good showing and attracted attention
by a pretty float with a lamb and a child clad in sheepskin,
representing the boyhood of St. John.

The Worcester Cadet band was at the head of the
Swedish societies. One company in this group were nattily
clad in white duck with yellow and white sashes. With
them also was one of the most striking floats of the parade,
a Viking ship, in which were several persons representing
those great men of the deep.

Third Division.

At the head of the third division were Col. T. P.
Murphy and his staff. At the head of the line were the Red
Men, mounted, and with as much war paint and regalia as
any chief need have. They were as full of war-whoops as
the street cars were of passengers. They had it on the real
Indians the last of the Mohegans as far as capacity to
emit shrill and war-like shrieks went, and they apparently
were having as much amusement as they furnished the

Behind them was Wheeler's band of Willimantic and
the Second Division, A. O. H. They wore no coats, but
white shirtwaists, black pants and shoes, green neckties,
sailor hats and carried Jap parasols. They received much

An Irish jaunting car, Christopher Barry, driver, with
some pretty colleens for passengers, received applause at


every point in the line of march. The green uniformed
Hibernian Rifles of New Britain were also well received.

Division No. I, A. O. H., and the Knights of Columbus
were next in line and with the St. Mary's T. A. B. society
presented an interesting section of fraternal organizations.

Few of the marching bodies were greater favorites than
the khaki-clad Tierney cadets, and many complimented the
boys on their excellent showing.

There was another touch of color at the part of the
parade where the Pulaski band, St. George's society and the
Sokel Polski were assigned, completing the third division.
The uniforms, outside of the military division, were the
most resplendent of any in the parade, and were worn with
pretty effect. The Slater band of Jewett City were at the
head of the St. John's society and St. Joseph's society.

Fourth Division.

In the fourth division, Major Frank J. King and staff,
were the members of the Odd Fellows' society, with the
Massachusetts Fifth Infantry band as escort. Their ap-
pearance called forth many complimentary remarks. The
Second Regiment band was at the head of the large repre-
sentation from the Central Labor union.

Fifth Division.
Floats. The Schools.

Every float in the fifth division, representative of the
schools, got its share of applause, and was a cleverly con-
ceived and prettily executed idea.

Thought and patience were required to work them
out, but there was none which did not add to the attractive-
ness of the parade. The floats and a description follow:

East Side Public School Float.

St. Patrick's Parochial School Float.


Norwich Free Academy "Colonial Home Life." Com-
plete colonial costuming, showing the family, with fireplace
and big pot in which dinner is cooking, the small boy, Hum-
phrey Almy, turning the spit; grandmother, Miss Faye
Newland, knitting; mother, Miss Lois Perkins, spinning;
father, William E. Perry, cleaning gun; son, Benedict C.
Pullen, whittling; daughter, Miss Henrietta Gardner, sew-
ing; little girl, Miss Dorothy Jones, rocking the cradle.

Broadway school "Revolutionary Soldiers." Depict-
ing Gen. George Washington in conference with Gov. Jona-
than Trumbull on the lawn at the home of Jedediah Hunt-
ington at Norwich Town, all in complete costume. George
Washington, Theodore Haviland; Jonathan Trumbull,
Edwin Sherman ; Jedediah Huntington, Channing Hunt-
ington ; Washington's body guard, Ernest Smith, Fitch
Jewett, Carl Kinney, Harold Robinson, Ronald Kimball;
colonial soldiers, Frederic Crowell, Francis Forsberg,
Everett Peckham, James Stanley, Avery Gallup.

St. Patrick's school. This was one of the most attrac-
tive floats in the procession. It represented a modern
battleship, and the curtain covering the body of the vehicle
bore the words, "Our Army and Navy Forever." The ship
was designed by J. J. O'Donovan and was made as realistic
as possible. On the bow was a cross, near which stood
three little girls dressed in white to represent Religion,
and at the stern was a pretty little miss representing the
Goddess of Liberty, arrayed by the Sisters of Mercy, who
attended to the decoration of the battleship. On deck
were a number of boys in full uniform, representing the
commissioned and petty officers, the sailors and marines.
The float was a credit to St. Patrick's parochial school
and was appreciated by the people of Norwich.

West Chelsea school district "Uncas Signing the
Deed" was pictured here, the float being trimmed with
evergreen, roses and the British flag and was drawn by four
horses. The table was a trunk of a tree and there was a


wigwam and a dog. The characters were: Major Mason,
Leroy Swan; Rev. Mr. Fitch, Edgar Welden; Mr. Tracy,
Tyler Stanton; women, Elizabeth Evans, Rosa Beckley;
Uncas, Bennie Weinstein; his sons, Clarence Whitaker,
James Mulcahy; braves, Gedaliah Segol, Felix Debarros,
Walter Newbury; Indian boy, Frank Lamb; Indian women,
Fanny Schulman, and Jennie Swartzburg.

Falls school "Indian Life." A white birch tepee in
a grove of white birch, cedar and elderberry, with twenty
school children in Indian costume, chiefs, braves, and
squaws, the girls doing beadwork, the boys making snow
shoes, and a squaw grinding corn with an old fashioned
Indian mortar and pestle. Red plumes on the four horses.

Bridge district school "The Rose of New England."
A beautiful bower of pink roses within which on seats in
pyramid arrangement was a group of thirty boys and girls,
as "The Rosebuds," and at the apex "The Rose Queen,"
Lucy Blackburn. Plumes and rosettes on the harness of the
four gray horses.

Town street school This float represented the old
liberty pole and tent which used to stand on Norwich Town
Green, with four boys aboard in costume of the times.
They were Walter Crabtree, John Hughes, Clifford
Lathrop, Arthur Mullen. The float was decorated with
bunting and flags.

Greeneville grammar school had a reproduction of "The
Little Old Red School House on the Hill," the place where
our forefathers gained their scanty store of knowledge with
patient toil, the time when men rose in spite of their lack
of learning, in contrast with the present, when (it is said)
men rise despite their education. A red body inclosing
twenty-five industrious pupils, members of the graduating
class, seated at old time desk and bench on three sides, the
teacher at front; the girls dressed in staid colonial style,
black dress, white kerchief and cuffs, the boys in dark
trousers, dark blouses, white collars and cuffs. Above


was the hipped roof, in red, white and blue, with the
typical red chimney and the flag. It was the product of
the combined efforts of Principal Clifton H. Hobson and
Louis O. Potter.

The First Congregational church of Norwich Town
was represented by an historical float, "The First Meet-
ing House on the Rocks," the original having been built
the year after the founding of the town. The old white
meeting house, with peaked roof and steeple, occupied the
center of the float. It was Sunday and the Puritans were

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