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Diamond Jubilee Day

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London, June 22. - The last strcke of 12 had not died away in the midnight air when from a hundred metropolitan steeples a tutnuUous peal of bells announced the diamond jubilee day. The vast crowds that filled the miles of streets and squares answered with ringing cheers, and here and there the singing of '"God Save the Queen." The crowds that peopled the streets and squares all night in the hope cf a good ■view of the procession were amazing in their sublime patience. Waiting for twelve, fourteen and sixteen hours, as many of these people did, jammed together, is a feat of endurance that could only be sustained by some overmastering desire. Quite half of these jubilee waiters were wcmen, many of them with the pale, eareworn look of the Lon3on worker, yet all enduring the backbreaking tediousness with the utmos-t good nature. Scme had campstools, some sat on projections of buildings, on curbstones, or leaned in doorways and the angles made by stands. Refreshments w-ere in order everywhere, and the pólice had little trouble, cheery good humor being the note of the night. During the long hours snatches of song and occasional bursts of cheering showed that the people were determined to enjoy the festival of patriotism and loyalty to the utmost. A clear sky and a cool air kept the spirits of the crowd at the topmost point throughout the vigil. With dawn the hope of queen's w7eather merged into certainty, and the world here prepared itself in fullest eonfldence for a day of pleasure. Vestrv Carts and Pólice. The earliest active indication of the great event- apart f rom the people waiting it - was Fhortly before 6, by the arrival of vestry carts to freshly gravel the roadway. after the fashion whlch prevailed in the gcod old days of Sara Pepys. Then a little later the inevitable precursor of the procession, the police, began to arrive in great numbers - 8,000 beir.g distributed along the line of route. The flrst great difficulty of the pólice was assisting owners of seats on stands and hcuses to get to them, they being permitted to drive to them up to 10 o'clock, for there was a vast interval between a title to a seat and actual possiession. The crowds on the sidewalks were quite willing to give passage to the favored mortals who owned seats, but to do so was difflcult - it was an attempt to divide six into four with no remainder. And the difflculty was further increased by the arrival of the troops, after 8:S0. taking up their appointed places. The wise, however, had reached thelr seats in stands or obtained access to houses where they had bought Windows by 7 o'clock to 7:30. It was only the inevitable late corners who had to push and struggle, in the case of ladies much to the damage of their toilettes. At length order was evolved out of chaos. Many of the extreme late corners were peremptorily shut out and everybody settled down to wait. The picture was complete. The last touches of decorator, upholsterer, and florist had been given, the fine effect of the decorations could be viewed, and the faces were in their places.


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