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The March Begun

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IN MOTION AT LAST.Caütok, O., March 26. - The muchheralded commonwealeis are at last a movlng reality. The motley procession leit Massillon Sunday morning nearly 800 strong and wormed lts way between solid lines of spectators 8 miles long, leaving Cantón in the midst of a blinding snowstorm. The spectacle was inaescribably grotesquo. t They began gathering at Massillon Carly Saturday morning. Almost as BÓon as Quartermaster General lier had dumped the worn and moth-eaten tents on the grounds of the gun club recruits for the army began to appear one by one. Well Filled Commlssary Wagons. The Great Unknown was promptly made marshal of the day. Under his directions the big canvas was finally pitohed and the ground inside littered with Coxey straw. The headquarters of the commonweal were estáblished in a smaller tent, on the sides of whieh were inscriptions calculated to strike terror to the heart of the boldest recruit. The commissary wagons, filled to the tops of their white canvas covers, were trundled upon the ground and a crew of men set to work unloading them. All day long the crowds around the tents had been steadily growtng. Every freight train that came in had its load of individuals, and scores of them came down the tovvpath of the canal or up f rom Cantón on the turnpike. Some of them had come from Kansas, Chicag-o and Indiana, but the majority came from places nearer MasBillon. Army in Afotion at Last. At 11 o'clock the "Commonwealth of Christ brass band," J. J. Thayer, conductor, began to play a march from its position in the red, yellow and black band wagon. The "Humble Cari Browne," who had added a delicate white lace necktie to his buckskin jacket and sombrero eosturne, pranced out upon Coxey's huge white stallion Currier. Aftar much preliminary squabbling between the enthusiastic recruits over the positions of banner-bearer, the Great Unknown shouted in a voice that could be heard a full half-mile: "Everybody marchl" The column moved and Coxey"s army was on its way to Washington, jn front marched Mr. Jasper Johnson Buchanan, a gentleman of color carrying a national flap. "Windy" Oliver and Cari Browne f olio wed the colors and after them came a little gray, tired-looking man on a horse. It was Dr. "Cyclone" Kirkland, oger, of Pittsburgh, so called because he has a penchant for predicting whirlwinds. There were ten or fifteen other horsemen, variously attired to attract attention. One of them wore a blue Velvet jacket and an enormous bouquet. ilari hrm Cheercd by tho Crowd, When the column marched up the main street of Massillon, banners flying and band playing, it was cheered by thousands of people who had been coming into the city f rom all directions since early morning. There was some jeeriug, but the crowd seemed much too Burprised for fun-making. A large number of horsemen, cárriages amd marchers followed the proeesbion. All the small boys were tremendously excited. As the army passed people in the houses stooi at the windows and waved their handkerchiefs. Trluniphant Entry lulo Cantón. Before arriving in Cantón snow began to fall, but it did not drive away the great crowds of spectators who had gathered to watch the commonwealers' triumphant entry. The tents were pitched near the fair grounds and the Jnen built camp fires and cooked supper, after which they found a bed in the big tent. They lay "spoon fashion" under the straw to keep warm. Itiuerary lor the Week. Following is an itinerary for the cur rent week: Mondy. Maroli S6, reach Louisville, O. ; Tuesflay. March 27, roaoh Alllance, O.; Wednesday, March 28, reach Salem, O.; Thursday, Maroh 2, reaoh Columbiana, Q ; Friday, March 30, reaoh East Palestina. O.; Saturday, Maroh 81, teach New Oallilee, O.


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