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The evening procession formed a fitting termination to the festivities of the day. It was the first attempt to produce such a spectacle in Boston, and was a success, from a popular stand-point, as well as an artistic event.
The work of preparing for the spectacle was performed under the direction of a sub-committee, consisting of Alderman William Woolley, and Councilmen Malcolm S. Greenough and Benjamin F. Anthony. The Metropolitan and South Boston Railway Companies furnished horsecars, from which the tops were removed, and on these platforms were built, upon which the tableaux, sixteen in number, were displayed. The use of horse-cars for this purpose was a novel idea, and added much to the effectiveness of the tableaux, as the smooth, even motion enabled the characters to maintain their positions with steadiness and
The cars were drawn by horses furnished by the Metropolitan and Highland Railway Companies. The necessary carpenter's work was performed by Mr. Henry C. Allen ; the properties were made by Mr. Charles A. Neuert, and the scenery was painted by Mr. David O. Story.
The tableaux were designed by Mr. Edward Knobel, and were carefully rehearsed at Turn Hall on several evenings previous to the celebration, under the direction of Mr. C. J. Hermann, instructor of gymnastics to the Boston Turnverein.
The costumes worn by the characters in the tableaux were selected with great care, and were elegant and appropriate. Many of them were contributed by Boston business houses, and were made expressly for the occasion.
The following firms assisted by their contributions in producing the tableaux :
MUDGE, SAWYER & Co.,
WHITTEN, BURDETT & YOUNG,
The tableaux were illuminated by torches, locomotive head-lights, and calcium lights. The head-lights were loaned by the Boston & Albany, Old Colony & Newport, Boston & Providence, Eastern, and Fitchburg Railroad Companies, and the calciums were furnished by Mr. John J. Ridgway.
The torch-bearers were members of the following societies :
Boston Turnverein, St. Michael and St. Vincent's Society.
Bay State Lodge, Order of Harugari.
Bunker Hill Lodge, Order of Harugari.
Eintracht Lodge, Harugari.
Kossuth Lodge, Harugari.
Fidelia Club, Dedham.
Helvetia Singing Society, Roxbury.
Monument Lodge, Harugari.