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hotels, churches, public buildings and private residences threw out the National emblems hung with the tokens of sorrow. Ships of all nations lowered their flags, which were draped in tokens of mourning for the Nation's loss. The bells all over the city—tremulous with sadness, tolled their funeral chimes. Lincoln had been snatched from the Nation's embrace, in the hour of universal joy. He had fallen gazing at the Star of peace, that appeared in the horizon as the clouds of the rebellion rolled away.
The great national bereavement fell with crushing weight upon the hearts of those in New Orleans who had cherished the noble acts of their liberty-loving leader. Said Judge Howell at a meeting organized to take some action for expressing in a public manner the feeling of the community: "Let us turn our hearts to the Almighty; may He in His wisdom look upon us and be with us in this great calamity." Said Mr. Waples: "This sad news is so shocking to humanity, that I feel that words can avail nothing. Let us endeavor to be calm under this terrible calamity;" Said Judge Durell, upon being called upon to grant the motion of adjournment of the United States District Court: "This sorrow is so great and opens a future so f vast, affecting not only ourselves, but those who come after us—affecting the whole framework of our Government, that I do not find this a fit occasion to speak of it." Said Dr. Dostie: "I can never cease to mourn the great and good Lincoln. Who in the nation can fill his place? My heart is full of woe when I attempt to look into the future."
Through the influence of Dr. Dostie and his co-laborers in the School Board> the Public Schools were closed for one week, in token of respect to the memory of President Lincoln. The following published notice from the loyal Superintendent of the Public Schools, appeared in the city papers:
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The Public Schools of New Orleans were reopened almost immediately after the revival of the national authority—in the midst of civil war—under the auspices of the good President whose melancholy departure our country now laments. That this cherished institution, therefore, may render grateful tribute to the memory of the illustrious dead, and that there may be due utterance to the unfeigned sorrow of all connected therewith over the parricidal act, by which a stricken people, yet in "the valley of the shadow of death," has been deprived of its faithful friend and guide, the flags of the respective schools will be appropriately displayed, and such other expressions of mourning observed as may be practicable, for thirty days from the morning of Saturday, the 22d inst.
John B. Carter, Superintendent of Public Schools.
Upon the announcement of the death of President Lincoln, the officers of the Army and Navy of the Gulf Department assembled at the City Hall to make arrangements to attend Christ's Church, on the following Sabbath, to pay tribute to the memory of President Lincoln.
The following is a brief account of that solemn scene, taken from the columns of the New Orleans Daily Picayune:
According to previous arrangement, the officers of the Army and Navy stationed in this Department attended Christ Church on Sunday morning, in full uniform. Gathering at the City Hall at half-past ten, they proceeded in a body to the Church, headed by General Banks and Admiral Thatcher. The display as they entered the sacred edifice and passed up the broad aisle to their seats, filling the entire central part of the building, was touching and imposing—the organ meanwhile giving forth a soft and solemn dirge.
The Church is superbly draped in mourning. The altar table is covered with black cloth, and behind it is a high screen, formed of heavy folds of black drapery, bordered at the top with white lace festoons. The desk and pulpit are fully shrouded in black, and the chancel rails are very tastefully hung with the same, and fringed with white. The marble font, which, on the previous Sunday (Easter), we saw so beautiful in its sumptuous array of spring flowers, is now hung with emblems of mourning. The columns are wreathed with festoons of black and white crape and lace, and the porch is literally canopied with flags. Over the main entrance to the Church there is a handsome display of appropriate mourning.
The services of the day were arranged to suit the solemn occasion. Of course, the Collect, Epistle and Gospel for Sunday after Easter, were read. But in saying the Morning Prayer, Rev. Mr. Chubbuck and his assistant Presbyter made some variations from the usual order. The first lesson was that touching portion of the first chapter of II Samuel, in which David lamented the death of Saul and Jonathan: "The beauty of Israel is slain upon his high places; how are the mighty fallen! Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon! How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle, and the weapons of war perished!" etc. The second lesson was that immortal argument of St. Paul to the Corinthians (1st Cor. XV) in support of the doctrine of the resurrection from the dead.
The Psalms selected, instead of those for the day, were the 31st, "In Thee, Lord, have I put my trust," and the 13th, "Out of the deep have I called unto Thee." The Prayers "For a sick person," and "For a person in affliction," the first being specially used with reference to the Secretary of State, and the last to the people of the United States and the family of the late President, were said in the proper place. The introductory sentences before the Exhortation, were those with which the burial service commences: "I am the resurrection and the life," etc.
The music was very touchingly performed by a wellselected choir. Previous to the commencement of Morning Prayer, that beautiful air of Paesiello, " Come ye disconsolate," was beautifully sung. Instead of the "Venite," the anthem from the 39th and 90th Psalms, from the burial service, "Lord, let me know my end," was sung to a plain chant with great expression. The canticle, "O all ye works of the Lord!" The Song of the Three Holy Children, which they sang as they walked in the midst of the fire, was chanted in the place of the "Te Deum," and the "Benedictus," instead of the "Jubilate." The introit was from the 86th Psalm, "Bow down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me," to which was finely adapted the beautiful music of the prayer in "Moise." The hymn was the 160th, "When gathering clouds around I view."
An address from the Rev. S. C. Thrall was then delivered, appreciated as expressed by the following letter:
New Orleans, April 27, 1865. To the Officers of the Army and Navy in New Orleans:
Your Committee believing that the Address delivered at Christ Church, by the Rev. S. C. Thrall, D. D., on Sunday, the 23d instant, in memorial of the tragic death of your late Commander-in-Chief, the President of the United States, contains a truthful analysis of his character, and pays a just tribute to the admirable traits of his head and heart; and that you would desire to preserve a record in some permanent form, of the action you took in honor of his memory; and in order that your brother officers, who were unable to participate in the solemnities of the occasion, may in some measure enjoy the same pleasure in reading that you did in hearing the Address, have, at the suggestion of the present, and also of the former Commanding General of the Department of the Gulf, obtained a copy for publication as here printed.
The notice of the service taken from the Picayune, and the correspondence between your Committee and the Rev. Dr. Thrall, published with the Address, explains their action, and the deep interest manifested by the Rector, Wardens, Vestry, and Members of Christ Church, in an event that has drowned a nation and the whole world in tears—clad your country in the habiliments of sorrow, and your hearts in mourning.
E. B. Brown, Brig.-Gen. Vols.