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Through the courtesy of Messrs. Jordan, Marsh, & Co., the citizens of Boston were afforded an opportunity of hearing a concert on Boston Common, given by Gilmore's Band of sixty-five musicians. The following communication was received by the Joint Standing Committee on Common and Public Grounds, on the 11th of September :
Ilon. Hugh O'Brien, Chairman, AND THE COMMITTEE ON COMMON, ETC. :
GENTLEMEN, -- We have engaged Gilmore's Band of sixty-five musicians, to accompany our exhibit in the Trades Procession on the 17th September, and have made such arrangements as will enable us to give the citizens of Boston, and the many visitors who will be here on that day, an opportunity of hearing this celebrated band in selections which cannot be performed to advantage while marching through the streets.
We take pleasure, therefore, in tendering the services of the band for a grand evening concert on Boston Common, between the hours of 7.30 and 9.30, P.M.
Believing that you will gladly coöperate with us in affording the public the gratification of hearing a company of musicians of such wide celebrity, we respectfully request to be allowed the use of the parade-ground for the purpose, and also that a large band-stand, capable of accommodating sixtyfive men, with seats and ample light, be furnished for the occasion.
Very respectfully yours,
JORDAN, MARSH, & CO.
The committee granted the use of the Common for the concert, and made arrangements for a music-stand and for lighting the grounds. Alderman James J. Flynn and Councilman George H. Wyman were appointed a sub-committee, to make all necessary arrangements. The illumination was furnished by the United States Lighting Company, who provided for the occasion an electric lamp, said to be the largest ever made, burning carbon one and one-quarter inches in diameter and eight inches long. This was supplemented by two smaller electric lights. Electricity was generated by portable engines.
The concert was enjoyed by an audience that completely filled the grounds within hearing distance, and aroused the most enthusiastic appreciation. At its close Mr. Gilmore proposed three cheers for the firm to whom the public were indebted for the concert, and a ringing response was given by the vast audience.
At a meeting of the Board of Aldermen, held on the 20th of September, 1880, Alderman James J. Flynn offered the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted :
Resolved, That the thanks of the City Council be tendered to the Hon. Frederick O. Prince, for the interesting and appropriate oration upon the life and services of John Winthrop, and the origin and growth of the City of Boston, pronounced by him in the Old South Meeting House, before the municipal authorities of Boston, on the 17th of September, 1880, that being the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the settlement of said city.
Resolved, That the thanks of the City Council in behalf of the citizens of Boston, and of all participants and witnesses of the recent parade, are due and are hereby presented to Gen. Augustus P. Martin, Chief Marshal, and to his aids and assistants, for the very efficient and satisfactory conduct of the procession in this city on the 17th instant, and especially for the promptness, order, and celerity which characterized its management.
Alderman William Woolley offered the following, which was unanimously adopted :
Ordered, That the thanks of the City Council be tendered to the Boston Turnverein and other German societies, of this city, for the unique and interesting pageant presented by them on the evening of the 17th instant.
At a meeting of the Common Council, held on the 23d of September, 1880, the above order and resolutions having been read once, Councilman Henry N. Sawyer, of Ward 24, moved a suspension of