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his country; has had heaped upon him all the obloquy the heart of traitor could conceive or the tongue of traitor utter; yet has he kept on in the path of duty, turning neither to the right hand nor to the left, never hesitating, never doubting, never uttering a word of bitterness or complaint, but devoting all the energies of both body and mind to the salvation of his country.
The whole people had learned to love him and to trust him — to have faith in his statesmanship as well as in his purity.
Thus laboring and thus beloved, he lived to see the great rebellion crushed, the enemies of his country vanquished. In the hour of his country's triumph he is taken from us by the hand of a wretch whose memory will be execrated by the virtuous of all nations to the end of time. Why he was thus taken we cannot divine. It is enough for us to know that it must have been for some wise purpose. The nation will mourn, yet bow in submission.
It is fitting that every mark of respect should be paid to the memory of the departed.
I order the proceedings of the court at this time to be published, and that the clerk enter them in full on the minutes. The court will now adjourn.
PROCEEDINGS IN THE POLICE COURT.
At the opening of the court, Thomas Neary, Esq., the police justice, announced the death of the President of the United States by the hand of an assassin. He stated that in view of the general gloom that pervaded the community by reason of this sad event, it was proper there should be a suspension of business on this occasion. He then adjourned the court until the Monday next following.
ORDERS OF THE NATIONAL GUARD.
By general order No. 7, previously issued, a parade of the 24th regiment New York State National Guard had been arranged to take place on the 17th instant. The parade was postponed, and a funeral salute was directed by the following orders : HEAD QRs. 24T1 REGT., N. Y. S. N. G.,
Troy, April 15th, 1865.
GENERAL ORDER No. 8. General order No. 7, dated at these head-quarters, April 14th, is hereby revoked. By order.
I. McCONIHE JR., Col. Com'g. G. G. MOORE, Adj’t.
HEAD QRs. 24TH REGT., N. Y. S. N. G.,
Troy, April 15th, 1865.
SPECIAL ORDER No. 10. In compliance with paragraph 299, general regulations, it is hereby ordered that a gun shall be fired at every half hour, beginning at sunrise and ending at sunset to-morrow, the 16th day of April, the same being the day following the reception of the official intelligence of the death of the President of the United States. Captain John M. Landon, commanding Company A, is charged with the execution of the above order. It is also ordered that the colors shall be displayed at half mast on the several armories of this command at sunrise to-morrow, the 16th day of April, and remain at half mast until sunset. By order.
I. McCONIHE JR., Col. Com'g. G. G. MOORE, Adj't.
The effect produced by the sad event was such as had seldom been witnessed in this city. A settled gloom rested on every face, and not only women but
strong men were seen to weep in the streets. At an early hour, moved thereto by a common impulse, business was suspended. Shops, counting rooms, offices, warehouses and places of amusement were closed, a few shops only remaining open, and those not so much for purposes of traffic, as affording centres for the discussion of the news and the exchange of words of grief, fear or revenge. Crowds thronged about the bulletin boards which had so lately heralded our final victories, but which now promulgated this saddest of stories. At the newspaper offices incessant inquiries were made for fuller intelligence, and this intelligence when printed was presented by the daily journals in columns encased in mourning lines and borders. Flags whieh had for years past floated in token of victories achieved, and which of late had been flung, out with the greatest manifestations of joy and triumph, were now raised at half staff and festooned with crape. Public buildings were draped with the emblems of mourning, and on the front of private dwellings from the poorest tenement to the stateliest residence, was to be seen some token of the general sorrow.
All classes of citizens gave themselves up to the indulgence of an all-pervading and unaffected grief. Men who until now had been silent and apparently unconcerned spectators of the events of the last four years, or who had openly opposed the course of the President in our national troubles, were foremost in lamenting his death and deploring this culmination of our national woe. No chance word which hinted, even remotely, approbation of the foul deed, was allowed to be uttered with impunity, and a few instances of ill-timed levity or partizan bitterness met with rebukes so stern and decisive that a repetition of the offence was not attempted. From the steeples of the city at intervals, during the day, the bells tolled out their mournful music, and kept time in solemn tone to the sad symphony of every heart.
About eleven o'clock in the morning His Honor Uri Gilbert, the mayor of the city, sent private messages to the clergy, recommending that the various churches be opened for a service of prayer and humiliation, in view of the national bereavement, at five o'clock in the afternoon. This recommendation also appeared in the early editions of the afternoon journals. In compliance with the suggestion thus made, religious services were held in many of the churches at the hour designated. These services were necessarily extemporaneous, and an account of a few only has been preserved.
SERVICE AT St. John's CHURCH.
REV. HENRY C. POTTER, D.D., RECTOR.
No service having then been appointed by the Bishop of the Diocese, and the occasion being so utterly exceptional and unprecedented, the following order of service, adapted in part from the English prayer book, was used at St. John's (Protestant Episcopal) Church.
Almighty Lord, before thy throne
Thy mourning people bend :
Our prostrate hopes depend.
Dark judgments, from thy heavy hand,
Thy dreadful power display;
And still we live to pray.
O turn us, turn us, mighty Lord,
Convert us by thy grace;
And see again thy face.
Then, should oppressing foes invade,
We will not sink in fear;