A Magnificent Ovation Which Awakened the Eloquence of Harrison and Challenged The Admiration of all Visitors – What Was Done and Said.
El Paso gave both salutations yesterday, and right proudly did she carry herself in the ceremony, so proudly indeed that she captured the hearts and admiration of the entire presidential party.
Nature conspired to make the international reception tendered the president a brilliant success. The day dawned clear and beautiful and at an early hour the finishing touches were given the handsome decorations in which the entire city was clothed. As early as 7 o’clock the streets were thronged with people, many of whom were visitors who came in the evening, before, and all wore happy smiling faces in keeping with their surroundings. Before the departure of the 8:10 o’clock train Mayor Caples received a telegram announcing that it would be inconvenient to so arrange the schedule as to permit a delegation meeting the presidential party at Ysleta, and so the committee of escort did not go down the road.
Marshall of the Day Charles Davis and his aids were out early perfecting all arrangements and getting the prominent features of the procession into position. At 8:30 o’clock the military from Fort Bliss, headed by the Fort Bliss band and commanded by Colonel Osborne marched to the depot and formed in line at the western end of the depot shed. The Mexican band next made its appearance and was drawn up in line to the left of the Fort Bliss troops. A large crowd of people soon gathered at the depot to await.
THE PRESIDENT’S ARRIVAL
At 9 o’clock sharp the presidential train rolled into the depot, and, strange to remark, not a whistle or bell was heard to chime in on the promised whistling concert. But the Mexican band struck up the national air of Mexico which was changed to “Hail to the Chief,” when the cannon stationed at the depot thundered out in salute of the president. There was some little delay while the committee was being presented to the president and his party. At last President Harrison made his appearance and was greeted with tremendous applause, as he was escorted to his carriage by Marshall Davis and Aid F.P. Clark. In the mean time the Fort Bliss band struck up an inspiring air and the crowd went wild with enthusiasms. The fire department headed by President Julian and Chief Keifer had arrived and taken their position in the procession. They joined in selling the volume of noise and when an El Paso fire laddie yells, he yells all over. He goes at it as he does everything else – to excel. The other members of the presidential party and distinguished guests from Mexico and New Mexico were escorted to their respective carriages and the procession was formed as follows:
Grand Marshall and Staff, Mexican Band.
First carriage – President Harrison, Governor Carrillo, Gen. Range, Gen. McCook.
Fort Bliss Troops.
Second carriage – Mrs. Harrison and ladies.
Third carriage – Postmaster General Wannamaker, Col. Villanueva, Gen. Stanley, Judge Urrutia.
Forth carriage – Ladies of the party
Fifth Carriage – Secretary Rusk, Governor Prince, Col. Ahumada, Col. Monroy.
Sixth carriage – Russell Harrison, Alfonso Aspe, Judge Carlos Munoz, Colones Ross.
Seventh carriage – Mayor Caples, Judge Frias y Camacho, Marshall Ramsdell, E. Provencio.
Eighth carriage – Lt. Col. Rios, Lt. Col. Candano, W.B. Hills, Dr. L.G. Munoz.
Ninth carriage – Messrs. Ogario, Valenzuela, Creel, Judge Bustamente.
Tenth carriage – Press correspondents.
Fort Bliss band
Grand Army of the Republic
Citizens and visitors in carriages and on foot.
The Knights of Pythias in their handsome dress uniforms were drawn up on St. Louis street, opposite the Vendome, and saluted the president as he passed and then dropped into line just in front of the fire department. The march was down St. Louis to El Paso street, down El Paso to Overland street, thence up Overland to Oregon, up Oregon to San Antonio and out San Antonio street to the court house. The entire length of the line was fairly packed with people and every window and balcony was thronged with ladies who waived their handkerchiefs and clapped their hands; to all of which, as well as to the throat splitting cheers of the jostling crowd in the streets and on the sidewalks, the president acknowledged with bows and the lifting of his hat. Our distinguished Mexican visitors came in for a liberal share of the cheering.
Arriving at the court house which was covered with decorations, escorted up the walk to the platform, between two lines of school children dressed in white, and looking as fresh and pretty as young rosebuds on a May morning. The ladies of the party, instead of remaining at the court house, took advantage of the opportunity offered to visit Juarez.
The Mexican band was placed on the platform with the president, General Malloy, in behalf of the city, welcomed the president to El Paso in these words:
Mr. President – Sir Walter Scott says in his book entitled, “A Journey Through the Highlands,” that whenever a Scottish chief visits the home of one of his clansmen the entire household comes forth and greets him with a “Caed mille filtha,” This quotation, from a tongue that is older than the graycat pyramid, when translated into our own beautiful language reads “a hundred thousand welcomes.” Such, sir, is the greeting extended to you today irrespective of political affiliation, or of military service, performed on either side during our great domestic struggle.
Mr. President, I have the honor to again greet you on behalf of the good people of El Paso, and extend to you from their heart of hearts, a hundred thousand welcomes. (applause)
At the conclusion of General Malloy’s remarks Governor Carrillo stepped forward and greeted the president in these works, as interpreted by Solomon O Schulz:
Mr. President: In the name of the state of Chihuahua and the city of Juarez I have the honor of welcoming you to our border. I salute you Mr. President and through you I salute the American people and have the pleasure of wishing you and your country every prosperity.
General Rangel, commander of the second military zone of Mexico said: Highly respected sir: “It is my honor to meet and greet you as the representative of the Mexican army. I greet you as the standard bearer of a great and prosperous nation.”
General Villanueva, representing president Diaz sad: “Mr. President, in the name of the Government of Mexico and its chief executive I salute you. In the name of Mexico’s secretary of war I have the honor of extending you a cordial greeting. I congratulate you and wish with all sincerity prosperity for yourself and the nation you represent and in doing so I further congratulate you on this particular occasion as being the first president of the United States to visit the border.”
PRESIDENT HARRISON RESPONDS
At the conclusion of these short and pleasing greetings President Harrison stepped well to the front and spoke as follows:
My Fellow Citizens: We have been journeying for several days through the great state of Texas. We are now about to leave her territory and receive from you this parting salute. Our entrance into the state was met with every demonstration of respect and enthusiasm. This is a fitting close to the expression which the people of the state have given to us. I am glad to stand at this gate of trade with the great republic of Mexico. (cries of hear and cheers) I am glad to know that it is not only a gateway of commerce, but a gateway of friendship (cries of hear, hear and cheers), that not only do those hurrying vehicles of commerce bear the product of the fields and mines in mutual exchange but that they have facilitated those personal relations that have promoted and must ever promote the friendliness of two independent liberty loving people (cheers). I receive with great satisfaction these tributes which have been brought to me by the governor of Chihuahua and the representative of the army of Mexico (cheers), I declare to return to them, and through them to the people of Mexico and to that illustrious and progressive statesman who presides over her destinies (cheers), not only my sincere personal regard, but an assurance of the friendliness and respect of the American government and the American people (cheers). I look forward with interest to a larger development of our trade; to the opening of new lines of commerce and new avenues of friendship. We have passed that reign, I hope, when we were an aggressive and unpleasant neighbor. We do not covet the territory of any other people, but we do covet their friendship, and those trade exchanges that are mutually profitable, (cheers, and cries of “viva,” “viva”) And now to you my fellow citizens I bring congratulations for the rapid development which you are making here and extend the most cordial good wishes for the realization of every hope, you have for El Paso and its neighborhood (cheers). All republics are builded on the respect and confidence of the people. They are enduring and stable as their institution and their rulers continue to preserve that respect (cheers) I rejoice that those influences that tend to soften the aspirations of human life, the home, the school and the church have kept pace with the enterprises of commerce and are established here among you. All commerce and trade rest upon the foundation of social order. You cannot attract foreign capital, you cannot attract and increased citizenship except as you give to the world a reputation for social order, (cries of good, good and cheers) in which crime is suppressed, in which the rights of the humble are respected (cheers) and where the courts stand as the safe bulwark of the personal and public rights of every citizen (cheers), I trust that as your city grows, you will see that these foundations are carefully and broadly laid and then you may hope that a superstructure, magnificent in the dimensions, perfect in its security and grace shall rise in your midst (cheers). I am glad to greet my comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic (cheers); the survivors of the grand struggle for the union which was one of the few wars in history that brought universal blessing to the victors and the vanquished alike; that was followed by no proscription, no block, no execution, but by the receiving again of those who had striven for the destruction of the country into friendly citizenship, laying upon them no yolks that was not borne by these veterans, that of obedience to the law and a due respect for the rights of other men. (cheers) Again, sirs, (to the Mexican representatives) thanking you for the friendly greeting you have brought from across the narrow river that separates us, and to you, my fellow countrymen, I extend my thanks and bid you good bye. (prolonged cheering)
The president’s voice was clear and robust and his enunciation so perfect as to make his remarks heard by all.
At the conclusion of Mr. Harrison’s address himself and party held a reception on the platform and for fully 20 minutes the president was kept busy shaking hands. Many little children crowded to the front to greet the president who had a smile and kind word for each. Among the other little ones, was petite Carrie Fewel the bright little six year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Fewel. She walked up to the president with a smile and extended a beautiful bouquet saying that it was “a offering of a little Texas democratic girl.” The president accepted the flowers, smiling his acknowledgement and patted the child affectionately on the head.
In returning to the presidential train the order of the procession was reversed. The Fort Bliss band marching in front of the president’s carriage. The presidential party appeared to greatly admire the handsome decorations, and Mr. Harrison smiled significantly whenever his eyes rested upon a streamer bearing the inscription: “Reciprocity with Mexico.” It evidently reminded him of how he headed off Senor Blaine, on the Canadian conference. At his train Mr. Harrison held a reception for the representatives from Mexico, Champagne corks popped and the president, proposed a toast to President Diaz. Governor Carrillo responded by toasting President Harrison. He also extended Mr. Harrison a cordial invitation to the state of Chihuahua, promising him a royal welcome should he at any time decided to accept the invitation.
At exactly 11:10 local time, the presidential train pulled out of the depot amid loud huzzas from thousands of throats and the clash of brass bands, and was well away on its journey to the Pacific Coast, and our people turned from the train to congratulate each other, on the magnificent success they had achieved. Every man was proud of El Paso and proud of his neighbor. El Paso had given President Harrison a grand and brilliant international reception. The whole affair had moved off and finished up like clock work, without a single bobble or break. Marshall Davis and his excellent staff of aides handled everything admirably, and our entire people joined hands and pulled together to make the affair a success. Even the individual to be found in all cities, who invariably selects such occasions to purchase a disreputable jag and make himself generally obnoxious, was conspicuous for his absence, or else, realizing the importance of the occasion, he braced up and did himself proud for El Paso’s sake. It was a notable fact that not a single person the least intoxicated was to be seen in the city during the president’s stay. Everything was order itself.
The ball given last night at the court house in honor of Governor Carrillo, staff and other visitors to the city was a fitting final to the festivities of the day. The committee on decorations consisting of Messrs. Berla and Rechart, ably assisted by E. Moya and J.W. Edwards, done wonders in the short time which had been given them. In the front yard three large electric lights had been erected which transformed night into day. On the north side of the hall a large stand had been decorated which was occupied by invited guests who did no wish to participated in the dancing. This stand was artistically ornamented with American and Mexican flags, while above all was a circle of red, white and blue gas globes, the word “welcome” being painted on the white globes. Fancy colored garlands extended from the large chandelier in the center to the sides and corners of the hall. The gallery over the main entrance was decorated with American flags. The orchestra, consisting of the 11th Regiment band from Chihuahua, which had been placed at the disposal of the committee by Colonel Ross, was stationed on the west balcony. The elite of El Paso and Juarez attended, and a fairer picture has never been presented to the eyes than was displayed on the ballroom floor last night.
At 12 o’clock the signal for supper was given, and all repaired to the hall on the first floor, where an elegant repast had been spread by Mr. Dunning, manager of the Vendome hotel. The arrangements were perfect in every particular, and last night’s ball will always be remembered by all participants as the most elegant affair of the kind ever gotten up in El Paso.
Henry Bigelow, a special correspondent for the San Francisco Examiner, arrived in the city yesterday to report in full President Harrison’s reception at this point. He intended to accompany the presidential train through California but was not allowed to do so as arrangements had been made for only three correspondents to accompany the party.
A number of the presidential party stated yesterday that El Paso’s reception was far ahead of anything they had experienced in Texas. The Galveston and Houston receptions particularly were no where as compared with the courtesies extended in this city. That’s right, El Paso always leads.
J.P. Hyland, editor of the Kingston Shaft, arrived in the city, accompanied by his daughter, to take part in the reception. They remained over for the ball.
Wm. Burns, the speaker of the last general assembly of New Mexico, arrived in the city to shake hands with President Harrison.
F.H. Siebold, cashier of the First National Bank of Deming, New Mexico, took part in yesterday’s proceedings and highly praised El Paso’s hospitality.
M.H. Twomey, A.E. Wolcott and Robert Black, represented a part of the Silver City contingent that came down to be present at the presidential reception.
When President Harrison’s special passed the headquarters of the McGinty club on San Francisco street he was greeted by a volley of shots fired from winchesters and revolvers. The President acknowledged the compliment by stepping on the rear platform of the lead car and waving his hat.
Among the Las Cruces visitors in the city yesterday we noticed Jacinto Armijo, Pinito Pino, Col J.D. Barncastle, Col. J.F. Bennett, W.G. and Henry Rynerson, Ramon Baca, Judge S.B. Newcomb and wife, Col. Fountalo, J.K. Livingston and P.S. Fruendental.
Salvador F. Maillefert, Mexican consul at Deming, New Mexico, arrived in the city yesterday to represent Colonel Escobar, the local consul, who is still confined to his house by sickness. Mr. Malliefert stated that the reception given President Harrison yesterday by El Paso was far beyond his expectations.
A large number of business houses and residences in Juarez were decorated in honor of President Harrison. During the day Senor Provencio ordered all the houses illuminated at night, and soon after dark Juarez was resplendent in the reflection of thousands of lights.
E.F. Tibbott, executive secretary to President Harrison was taken care of by the press boys.
Mrs. Harrison, Mrs. McKee and the other ladies of the presidential party visited Juarez during the exercises at the court house. Mrs. Harrison purchased a hat on the side, which she says Uncle Jerry Rusk must wear.
The members of the Harrison party embrace the president and his wife, Secretary of Agriculture Rusk, Mrs. McKee, Mrs. Dimmick, Russell B. Harrison and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd, Marshall Ransdell, Mr. and Mrs. Tibbott stenographers, Alfred J. Clark of the Associated Press, Richard V. Oulshan of the United Press, and Oscar P. Austin of the Press News association.
Messrs. Deiter and Sauer treated the press representatives handsomely.
The decorations were all superb, and the TIMES representative being unable to decide which was the handsomest, appointed Professor Carrera of Las Cruces to pass upon the matter. After inspecting all the decorations in the city the professor awarded the palm to Fenchler Bros., who are in titled to the write-up promised by the TIMES.
The representatives of the press with the presidential party are: A.J. Clark, of the Associated Press; R.V. Oulshand, of the United Press; O.P. Austin, of the Press News association. They were handsomely entertained by the local press committee.
The music of the Mexican military band delighted the ladies of the presidential party.
The McGinty club assembled on the roof of the public sampling works and greeted the president with a farewell salute as his train passed. The president doffed his beaver to the McGintys.
The local press tendered a banquet last night to Editor Conder, of La Chihuahuenas and other visiting editors at the Vendome hotel. Mr. Dunning, who is a special friend of the press, furnished an excellent spread, with plenty of wine, and the banquet proved a most delightful social event.
General Stanley is a great favorite with the people of El Paso, and they were highly gratified to have him stop over for the ball last night.
Every member of the presidential party acknowledged that El Paso’s reception was the prettiest and most brilliant the president had received on his entire trip.
To the Times: By a unanimous vote of the committee appointed to receive the representatives of the press traveling with the president, I am instructed to return the sincere thanks of the committee to Messrs Dieter and Sauer for the very handsome manner in which they assisted in entertaining our guest. Respectfully,
Chairman of Committee