It was not generally known that the ceremonies at the City Hall would take place before the hour fixed for the moving of the procession, and hence the concourse of people at this point was limited, although there was present an assemblage quite sufficient to lend an extraordinary animation to the scene. The facade of the structure was adorned by an immense arch of gas lamps, while across the street to the square there swung to the breeze many-colored tlags, embracing the King's colors, the itussian, English, French and German ensigns.
At precisely 11:40 A. M., there was heard from the City Hall steps the martial notes of the 19th Egyptians band, heralding the approach of the royal cortege, and in a trice there came into view the Egyptians themselves, who, ranging in line facing the hall, were quickly followed by the Turcos, who took up a position at the right of tiie Egyptians. Before the troops now rode the Court, while above rested the King's Own and 92d Lancers.
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|IN THE CITY HALL|
|Within the Mayor's parlor was already assembled a large company of ladies and gentlemen, and these, as soon as the King was seated, hastened to pay their respects to his Majesty, thereafter King and subjects joining in quaffing the flowing bowl, which went merrily around, and lacked not for ardent devotees.|
|The royal levee prevailed until 12:45 P. M., at which hour annouucement being made that the appointed time had come, there w^ere made speedy preparations for departure. Meanwhile, however, the Earl Marshal, through his aids, notified the Mayor that, although painful as must prove the duty, yet it was his mission to take into custody the chief magistrate of the city, as a prisoner of State. To this royal edict his Honor meekly submitted, with a heroism of purpose and willing submission that will redound to his future credit through the yet unwritten history of his realm.|
|Guarded on either side by a fierce warrior, he was led to a carriage and therein securely placed, after which, to the music of the Royal Anthem and the roll of the drums, the King came forth and remounted, the Court and the household troops formed about him, the royal army formed into line, and in the order of their arrival they left the City Hall for Canal street, taking up, by the way, the Royal Navy, which, under command of Commodore Clemmens, joined the line at Poydras street.|