Despite last night's heavy
fall of rain more than 3-00,000
persons, the police estimated,
turned out to review the pageant
and parade which was a part of
this week's Harlem Carnival to
celebrate the opening of a new
car line from Willis Avenue to
Fort Lee Ferry, connecting the
Bronx, Harlem, and New Jersey.
The parade was reviewed at
Morningside Avenue and 125th
Street by Assistant Commissioner
of Public Works John H. Boschen
and County Clerk Schneider.
Governor Whitman and Mayor
Mitchel, who were invited to
review it, sent regrets.
A feature of the parade was a
float on which stood a
sixty-year-old horse car, which
years ago ran from South Ferry
to Central Park, and which was
followed by a new Willis Avenue
car of the new line. The parade
was made up of six divisions.
More than 10,000 persons marched
after the platoon of police
which preceded and was followed
by Grand Marshal Louis S. Weber
with his staff.
Then came 1,000 men of the
Seventy-first Regiment, N.G.N.Y.,
in command of Colonel William
Graves Bates; Battery E of the
Second Field Artillery, in
charge of Captain Wilbur T.
Wright, with 300 men and six
field guns; an infantry corps of
Boy Scouts in charge of Major
Robert Greenfield, and a naval
division commanded by Major E.
Trimm; 500 Spanish war veterans,
who carried a banner captured in
the Boxer uprising in China, and
who were commanded by Captain
William Jones; Company H. Tenth
Regiment, of Mount Vernon, and a
corps of "inter-Church Cadets"
from Calvary M.E. Church at
129th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Several hundred Mardi Gras
marchers in fancy costume
followed the military divisions
and were themselves followed by
thirty floats led by the ancient
horse car. On the second float
was a gigantic picture of the
ferry boat Fort Lee. Twenty
members of the Nonparell Boat
Club manned a float of two
eight-oared shells, under
Captain Edward Nickola, and the
Bernheimer & Schwartz Brewing
Company sent a band wagon drawn
by ten huge, gray horses.
The Bronx was represented by
marchers, floats, and
horse-drawn vehicles in which
were approximately 2,000
persons, led by John Schleisser,
who rode a full blooded Arabian
horse, valued at $3,000, and
which amused the crowd along the
line with dancing and high
The last division, composed of
2,000 marchers from New Jersey,
was led by Mayor Edward T. White
of Fort Lee, who was followed by
eleven other Mayors of New
Jersey towns, composing a group
known as the "fighting mayors."
There were 110 motor cars full