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if Carnival times were at hand. Both sides of the boulevard, and the neutral ground were congested with a vast throng.

The first division was headed by a large squad of mounted policemen, with Capt. Capo commanding, and police officers afoot, followed by Paoletti's celebrated band of music whose members wore Hussar uniforms. Then came a long line of carriages with visitors and guests. In the first carriage sat Governor Sanders and Secretary Knox; others conveyed the diplomatic and foreign representatives, and next, a carriage with Mayor Behrman, Prof. Fortier, Capt. Oliver and Mr. Chas. T. Soniat. Another vehicle bore Governor Clark, of Alaska; Capt. Wood, commander of the battleship Nebraska ; Captain J. Wallace Bostwick and General A. Perrilliat. Members of the Reception Committee, escorting guests, followed in the last line of carriages.

The second division was composed of the military and naval contingent, headed by Col. Joseph Kantz, grand marshal, and his aids. Col. Kantz commanding the Second Regiment of Infantry, Louisiana State National Guard, is the senior ranking officer of the State militia.

The band from Louisiana State University was next in line, preceding the splendid detail of four companies of United States regulars from the Jackson Barracks, under command of Major S. A. Kephart.

The combined bands of the New Hampshire and the Nebraska came next and, following them, there marched two companies of marines and seven companies of sailors from the warships, the marines in khaki and the sailors in white uniforms. They were commanded by Lieutenant-Commander Larimer, of the Nebraska, Lieutenant-Commander Dismukes and Lieutenant Vernon.

The soldiers of the Second Regiment, Louisiana State National Guard, led by Major Bryson Vallas, were followed by the Louisiana Field Artillery. A detachment of the Jefferson Guards, under Captain Hock, marched ahead of the Washington Artillery, with four guns, preceding the marines and bluejackets of the Louisiana Naval Reserves, commanded by Lieutenant Carpenter. Troop A, of the cavalry in full dress uniform, worn for the first time on this occasion, was headed by Major Froman, and they were followed by the Rugby Cadets and the American Boy Scouts, who paraded with the band of boy musicians from the Jewish Orphans' Home. Troop B of the cavalry closed the procession.

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The guests occupying carriages in the first division descended

ernor and officers and members of the celebrating Society, in the review of the parade, that, proceeding down Chartres street, disbanded a few squares further down the street.

Sailors and marines presented arms as they passed the platform in front of the Cabildo.

CEREMONIES AT THE CABILDO. The venerable Cabildo and the equally ancient and historic St. Louis Cathedral and Place d'Armes (now Jackson Square), were encompassed by the densest mass of people that has congregated in that part of the “Vieux Carré” for many a year past.

As the proceedings were begun from the decorated and spacious platform erected along Jackson Square sidewalk, in front of the Cabildo, the crowd was so large, extending from St. Peter street to beyond the Cathedral, that not an inch of free space could be seen. Under the arcade of the Cabildo several hundreds of children from the public schools who were to take part in the singing of patriotic airs, were congregated, and every pupil was provided with a chair.

The edifice itself reveled in profuse and appropriate decorations, and the balconies were filled with pretty feminine onlookers, whose spring costumes made an exquisite effect on the brilliant scene.

The platform was occupied by about two hundred people officers and members of the Louisiana Historical Society, officers and members of the general committee on centennial celebration, having charge of scores of distinguished guests, who were given seats of honor in the middle of the big platform.

After the parade had been reviewed by the Governor and guests, the exercises began under the prsidency of Governor Sanders.

His Excellency presented Most Reverend Archbishop J. H. Blenk, of New Orleans, who delivered the opening prayer:

“Eternal Father, upon Whom all the people of our Nation, State and City depend, when we commemorate the divine blessing that came to this commonwealth by its admission into the glorious Republic of the United States, one hundred years ago, we thank Thee for all the gifts and blessings, and for life and health, and for the guidance that Thou hast vouchsafed on the highway of civilization, and in the progress that has been made in a nation, great, mighty, and deserving of Thy protection. As in the past, Thou hast guided, and for all time led us along the pathway of honor, peace and righteousness, so, we beseech Thee, this blessed day to renew, with divine abundance, from Thy throne in Heaven, all we need to glorify Thee, and to make us a commonwealth of honor in this great Republic upon which Thy benisons so sweetly and steadfastly are

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