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ranks on each side of the passway from the gate to the steps of the Capitol. As the coffin passed toward the archway, the bands struck up a dirge, the high officials in attendance assumed their places as escort, and thousands of bowed heads said, as plainly as the letters arching the entrance, "Ohio Mourns."
When the coffin was placed on its flowery bed, the Rev. Mr. Felton offered an appropriate prayer. Amid a silence as of death, the coffin was then opened, and Mrs. Hoffner, the only lady present, stepped softly forward and placed at the foot of the coffin an anchor composed of delicate white flowers and evergreen boughs, a wreath of the same upon the breast of the dead, and a cross at the head.
The entrance ways of the Rotunda and the corresponding panels were uniformly draped with black cloth, falling in heavy folds from the arches to the floor. In the panels the drapings were gathered to the sides equidistant from arch to floor, and then allowed to fall in full volume and closing at the bottom as at the top. In three of these central spaces thus formed were grouped the war-worn battle-flags of veteran Ohio regiments. In the other panel, the one between the north and east entrances, tastefully mounted and appropriately draped was Mr. Powell's painting, "Perry's Victory," the grouping of characters and the sublimity of the scene represented adding much to the general and impressive beauty of the Rotunda. Above the panels entirely round the dome were three rows of festoons, with black and white pendants, the whole joining appropriately the general draping below.
On a platform with a base of twenty-one and a half feet by twenty-eight feet, rising by five steps until it presented a top surface perhaps one half as large, was placed the dais for the reception of the coffin. This platform, tastefully carpeted, the rise of each step dressed in black, was ornamented with emblematical flowers and plants in vases so arranged as to present, with their impression of beauty, the sorrow for the dead. At the corners facing the west entrance, were large vases containing beautiful specimens of amaranth, and midway between them a grand central vase glowing with the richness and beauty of the choicest flowers of the season.
A similar disposition of vases faced the east entrance, from the corner ones the flowers of the emblematical justitia each
ing to the height of the dais. Around these large vases were grouped smaller ones, rising in gradations of beauty with the steps of the platform. The dais was most properly the crowning beauty of the structure, and in a brief description it is impossible to do it justice. Rectangular in form, with a side elevation of two feet, it was without canopy, and beautifully ornamented. The sides were covered with black broad cloth, over which drooped from the top festoons of white merino and tassels of white silk. The end facing the west entrance bore inscribed on a black panel with white border, in silver letters, the word "Lincoln." From the festooning to the top, rose in graceful swell a bed of white roses, immortelles, and orange blossoms, the pure white relieved only by the deep fresh green of the leaves and sprigs accompanying.
The officers, pall-bearers, and committees, after looking upon the remains, retired; and, without delay, the people commenced moving in to look upon the mortal remains of Abraham Lincoln.
First came the various military organizations of the procession-the men formed in four ranks, entering at the west front, moving without noise upon a carpeted way to the catafalque, passing by twos on each side of the coffin, the face and upper part of the body being brought in full view of each individual, and then those on the right passing out at the south, and those on the left turning to the north. Then followed in order the various delegations of the processions, succeeded by the people en masse. From half-past nine till four, over fifty thousand viewed the remains.
A platform had been erected immediately in front of the entrance to the Capitol. After appropriate music by military bands, and the singing of a hymn by a choir, under the direction of J. A. Scarritt, a prayer, impressive in thought and earnest in manner and word, was offered by the pastor of the Congregational Church, Rev. Mr. Goodwin. A hymn was then sung, and the Hon. Job E. Stevenson, of Chillicothe, delivered an impressive address.
At six o'clock in the evening, the doors of the Capitol were closed, the bugle sounded the assembly, the soldiers took arms, and the great procession began reforming for the final escort to the depot.
As the body was being brought out to the funeral-car at the west gateway of the Capitol grounds, a national salute was fired. Soon after, the procession moved, and the remains of the President were removed to the funeral-car at the depot of the Great Central Railway.
At Pleasant Valley, great bonfires lit up the country for miles. A large concourse of citizens were assembled around the depot. Two American flags, draped in mourning, were held in hand by two ladies.
At Unionville, O. (9 P. M.), there were about two hundred persons present, most of them sitting in wagons-the people having come in from the country.
At Milford, O. (9.19 P. M.), around bonfires were assembled four hundred or five hundred people, who waved flags and handkerchiefs slowly.
At Woodstock, O. (9.46 P. M.), five hundred people were present, and ladies were permitted to enter the President's car and strew flowers on the coffin. The Woodstock Cornet Band, U. Cushman, leader, played a dirge and hymn. The village bells slowly rang; men stood silent with uncovered heads. The scene was as affecting as it was beautiful.
At Urbana, O. (10.40 P. M.), three thousand people present. There was a large cross on a platform, entwined with circling wreaths of evergreens, which was worked under direction of Mrs. Miles G. Williams, President Ladies' Soldiers' Aid Society. From the top of the cross, and shorter arms, were hung illuminated colored transparencies. On the opposite side of the track was an elevated platform, on which were forty gentlemen and ladies, who sang with pathetic sweetness, the hymn entitled, "Go to Thy Rest." Large bonfires made night as light as day. Minute-guns were fired. Young ladies entered the car and strewed flowers on the martyr's bier.
At Paris, O. (11.24 P. M.), brilliant illuminations, by which might be seen a number of drooped flags. A large assembly stood in silence.
At Westville station crowds were gathered to pay respect to the dead.
At Conover, O. (11.30 P. M.), a long line of people two deep were standing in file; on the right little boys and girls, then young men and women, and on the left elderly people. In the
centre, supporting a large American flag, were three young ladies, Miss Eliza Throckmorton, Miss Nora Brecount, and Miss Barnes, who chanted a patriotic religious song with a slow and mournful air.
At Piqua, O., April 30 (12.20 A. M.), not less than ten thousand people were assembled. The Troy band and the Piqua band played appropriate music, after which a delegation from the Methodist churches, under Rev. Granville (Colonel) Moody, sang a hymn.
At Gettysburg, O. (1.10 A. M.), large numbers of people were congregated together around huge bonfires. Drooping flags and other evidences of mourning were seen.
There were like scenes at Richmond Junction and Covington, just passed.
At Greenville, O. (1.36 A. M.), thirty-six young ladies dressed in white, slowly waving the star-spangled banner, greeted the cortege here. Lafayette's Requium was sung with thrilling effect, by a number of ladies and gentlemen. About five hundred people were congregated on the platform. Company C, 28th Ohio Infantry, was drawn up in line, with fire arms reversed. The depot was tastefully decorated. On either side of the depot were two bonfires, fifteen feet high, which shed most brilliant light all around the train and depot.
At New Paris, O. (2.41 A. M.), great bonfires lit up the skies. A crowd was gathered about with uncovered heads. A beau tiful arch of evergreens was formed above the track, under which the train passed. The arch was twenty feet high and thirty feet in circumference.
At Wiley's, New Madison, and Weaver's stations, mourners were congregated to pay respect to the passing dead.
Gov. Morton and suite met the train at Richmond, which was reached at 2 A. M. All the bells of this city rang out their solemn tones to awaken the citizens, and warn them to repair to the depot. Red, white, and blue lamps were suspended from the depot, and the arch spanning the track was lighted with the national colors.
At Cambridge (3.50 A. M.), the bells were tolling and guns firing; thousands of people at the depot. The train passed under an arch, trimmed with evergreens and surmounted by a female figure representing the Goddess of Liberty.
At Dublin, Ind. (April 30), an arch 30 feet high dotted with small Union flags. This place gave Abraham Lincoln its entire vote at the last Presidential election, and nearly 20,000 persons were assembled.
At Louisville, Ind. (April 30), the depot was handsomely trimmed. The people were assembled in large numbers.
At Indianapolis (6 A. M.), all the avenues leading to the depot were closely packed with people. At seven o'clock the funeral train arrived. The military had been drawn up extending from Illinois and Washington streets to the State House door. The corpse was taken charge of by the local guard of soldiers under Col. Symonson, through the open ranks of the soldiers standing at present-arms. The procession took up the line of march to the State House in the falling rain, amid the sound of bells and firing of cannon.
The hearse conveying the remains was 14 feet long, 6 feet wide, and 23 feet high, covered with black velvet. The roof of the car bore 12 white plumes trimmed with black, and on the loops was a beautiful eagle of silver gilt. The panels were studded with large silver stars. The car was drawn by eight white horses. Six of these horses were attached to the carriage in which, four years before, Abraham Lincoln rode through Indianapolis, when on his way to Washington to be inaugurated. In all the intersecting streets were triple arches adorned with evergreens and national flags, arranged in the most tasteful and beautiful manner.
During the performance of a funeral dirge, the tolling of bells and booming of cannon, the coffin was carried to the interior of the State House, and soon after exposed to public view. The Sabbath School children were first admitted, and then ladies and citizens severally passed through the hall from north to south. It was designed to have a grand military and civic procession, with an address by Governor Morton and other exercises, but rain prevented the arrangement. The remains were escorted to the cars at midnight.
OBSEQUIES AT CHICAGO.
At Chicago, May 1, thousands upon thousands of people were congregated at Park Place and its vicinity. From the housetops, piazzas, windows, steps, and doorways, very many specta