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The Monument to General Bohert K Lee. 257

imposing spectacle dwindled into insignificance when compared with the assemblage at the monument grounds when the people in wait- ing there were joined by the procession.

Monument avenue is 140 feet wide, and it was filled from the pe- destal to Lombardy street— three hundred yards — while out of the roadway upon the green fields there stood hundreds of crowded vehicles.


A number of men and boys finding that there was a ladder on the eastern side of the monument, and nobody there to hinder them, be- gan running up it. Some of these descended on the other side by means of a rope which was dangling down.


The police detail consisted of picked men from all three districts. Captaie E. P. Hulce was in command, with Sergeant Cosby as his assistant.

A detachment marched at the head, and officers were stationed at and near all the wagons to prevent accidents.

The details were as follows :

First District : R. E. Brown, W. H. Rex, Charles L. Butler, C. J. Folkes, J. F. Parkinson, J. S. Talman, L. Werner, L. D. Saunders, Charles Kelley, and J. Ogilvie.

Second District : Sergeant J. A. Cosby, W. C. Wilkinson, J. W. W^illiams, Thomas Wilkinson, George Mattern. E. H. Redford, J. J. Walton, John T. Enright, W. A. Shields, R. D. Austin, T. J. Wren, and John Ralston.

Third District : Captain E. P. Hulce, Sergeant W. L. Thomas, P. A. Gibson, R. D. Chesterman, John J. Powell, J. A. Barker, J. A. Priddy, Joseph Hulcher, C. W. Saunders, L. P. Frayser, J. H. Mc- Mullen, H. T. Amos, E. I. Brannan, J. H. Baker, and A. P. Sale.


At 6:10 o'clock the wagons crossed Lombardy street and entered Lee circle.

Mighty cheers, and many rounds of them, greeted the people at the ropes.

Near the derrick the head of the procession was halted, and the marshals and aids ranged themselves in line, and two photographers,