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Boys In Blue Parade

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1NDIANAP0LIS, oept. b. - The stronghold of Hoosierdoin has capitulated to the boys that wore the blue. With flying flags and keeping step to the same strains that led them through valleys and over mountains three decades ago, the veterans marched like a victorious ariny np and down the principal streets Tuesday amid the plaudits of s multitude of enthusiaatic spectators. The sun had scareely risen when the people began to gather along the thoroughfares of the line of march to see the parade - the biggest one Indianapolis has ever seen. The pólice had been out before them and had stretched wire cables along the streets to keep the crowds away from the marchers. Against almost every available building and in every dooryard, stands of seats had been erected. In front of the courthouse was a great amphitheater 400 feet long with seats in it for 2,000 people. In the center extending out into the street like a bow window, was a gorgeously decorated reviewing stand from which the commander-in-chief and his staff saw and were cheered by the marching thousands. As the hour for the parade approached the crowd became greater and thronged every spot from which a sight was possible. Not one house along the entire line of march was ated. and on the most of them were elabórate and beautiful arrangements of flags and other patriotic devicee. The great column began forming early in the day at the corner of Meridian and Seventh streets. with the various detachments extending rnany blocks on all the adjoining streets. The line of march was down Meridian streel to New York. west to Pennsylvania, south to Market, east to New Jersey, south to Washington, west to Washington, past the reviewing stand fronting the courthouse to Tennessee, where it was dismiesed. The parade was over a distance of three to four miles. It was headed by Major General Carnahan. The rear of the column was brought up by the deartment of Indiana, which comprised nearly one-half of the entire nunuber of veterans in line. There were bands of mnsic by tne score, flags and banners ;oo numerous to count. Indianapolis ïad promised at Washington to "do tself proud" if it was given the nationil encampment, and it more than releemed the pledge.


Ann Arbor Argus
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