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Rousing Reception

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Parent Issue
Day
26
Month
May
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Company A returned at 7 :05 o'clook Friday evening, having made the run Erom Toledo in 55 minutes, leaving their baggage at Toledo. They were gíven a rousing receptiou on their arrival at home. The whole town had been on the streets practically since the forenoon and many peuple had come in from the surrounding country. In fdct the crowd was larger if possible than when the boys went away. Every scrap of news regarding their whereaboats was eagerly gatharea up. A big stream of callera serged in and out of the Argus office all day anxions to know where the boys were and when tbey would arrive. All day long both telephones were ringing with inquiries. At first the news went out that tb seldiers were delayed but would be in so one o'jlock. The time kept lengthaning with more or less definite snatches of information, but the company was not really definitely located until at 6 :30 word was teceived that the train bearing themjwould be heie in 35 minutes. This was correct, but the notice was so short that the paiade was practically spoiled by not beïng in position when the train arrived and a place made for the returning soldiers to forrn. They dismounted on a densely crowded platform and at once svere the center of a rush of friends and relatives. Inquines were made as to where the parade was but no one knew and it took a very short time to disperst) the most of the returnicg soldiers. The right royal welcome given the members of Co. A. was not quite as had been laid down in the program published but it . was none the less hearty. When the train pulled int the station a dense mass of people greeted the soldiers as they stepped from the train. The7 were taken by the hand, but it was difficult of ten for faihers and brothers to reach their loved ones on account of the many friends who surrounded tbern. Ann Arbor was in gala dress. Flags and bunting were in evidence everywhere. Not only were the places of business decorated but also mauy private houses in the city. In sotne instances the decorations were very elabórate. Everywhere from every place and corner, on every countenance could be read "Welcome." The city was proud of its sous and it had a right to be. The program as laid down had been prepared to meet the soldiers at noou. During the morning telegrams were received that the train had left Cincinnati at 7 o'clock and that it might be expected in Toledo about 2 o'clock. Later dispatcb.es indicated it might be later, but it was hoped that it would reach the city in time to take the regular afternoon train. Then at last cattie a dispatch that the train was puiling into the Union depot in Toledo. This was about 5 o'clock. The Ann Arbor road had put itself out of the way to do honor to the boys of the town whose name it bore. No time was lost in making the transfer and in only 55 minutes, including three crossing stops the train was in Ann Arbor. Never in the history of the city were such crowds on the street. There were people who waited for bonrs lor the train. The day was very fittingly ;reated as a half holiday. The streets were lined with people. When the procesfion moved it had difflculty at times to pass through the mass of huarunity. Tne proceession formed ou Ashley st. and from there passed over the route. The members of Welch Post, G. A. R. turued out in fnll force. They must have thought of their home coming 30 years ago Another generation was passing through their experiences. Ann Arbor Commaudery,Kuights Templar made a splendid appearance. The University and Washteuaw Times Bands enlivened the line of march with stiring ïnusic. But the guests of honor had been dispersed owing to the very short notice of the time of their arrival preveuting the local procession being in line to receive thetn. About 20 of them formed in line, but they were not assigned a position through some mistake. The only soldier who marched over the entire route was Max Wittlinger of the fire department. He marched along with a gnu on one shoulder and a parrot on the other leading a dog. When the paraders opened rauks at tb.9 armory for the defenders of the nations honor to pass through, Max Wittlinger marched along between the the rauks amid the acclaims of the populace. That Ann Arbor truly welcomed its home coming sous was certain. The whole object of all the preparation aud the crowd of people was to demon trate this, and this was fully accomphshed. Mothers, sisters aud sweet nearts embraced their loved ones They kissed the brouzed faces in tha hearty way whicii meaiit they were so happy that they did uot care who kuew it, No attenipt to carry out auy pro gram was made at the arruory, where a tleuse throng gathered. The ad dress of welcome and presentation o the armory was postpoued until the bauquet Mouday ui.u'nr.