We clip the following paragraphs from the Charlestown “Spirit of Jefferson, of Tuesday last :
The Fourth At Harper’s Ferry. — The celebration at Harpers-Ferry was one long to be remembered by the thousands who participated in the festivities. At an early hour, crowds were pouring in from all quarters, in carriages, and on horseback, while the humble pedestrian made his pilgrimage also to the spot, to join in the general jubilee. By 11 o’clock, the streets were filled with an impatient multitude, waiting for the excursionists to arrive from Baltimore and Washington. At 12 o’clock, the shrill whistle at a distance announced the approach of the extra train, which in a few moments arrived, decorated with flags and flowers, and crowded with passengers from the cities. A procession was then formed, the Military on the right, consisting of the Independent Greys, Blues and State Guards– next the Sarah Zane Fire Company, of Winchester, their Engine being in the line, decorated with flowers; then followed the citizens generally, to the Armory Yard, where they were received by A. M. Kitsmiller, in an appropriate address which was responded to by Capt. Brush, after which the band performed in a most excellent manner the national air– Hail Columbia– while the military where marched into one of the armory buildings for the purpose of depositing their arms, after which the company was dismissed for dinner and for the purpose of surveying the beauties of this lovely spot, as well as visit the government armory works. After the disposal of the sumptuous feast of edibles served up at the United States Hotel, under the direction of Mrs. Margaret Carroll, aided by Mr. Young and Mr. Reed, the visitors separated for a stroll around and through the town, a large number visiting the rifle factory and other national buildings, through which they were conducted by the gentlemanly superintendent, H. W. Clowe, Esq., Edward Lucas, Esq., paymaster, and Samuel Barrington, Esq., master of the armory.
The company again assembled at 2 o’clock in the armory yard for the purpose of observing the order of exercises of the day, which were followed by a fervid, impressive, and appropriate prayer by the Rev. J. P. Smeltzer, at the close of which the band performed in excellent style a piece of sacred music. The orator and reader of the day, Z. Collins Lee, was then introduced, who enchained the audience for more than an hour, with his fervid eloquence.
Andrew Kennedy, Esq., has been appointed President of the Board of Directors of the Bank of the Valley in Virginia at Charlestown to supply the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of Thomas Griggs, Esq.
The Bank of the Valley has declared the handsome semi-annual dividend of 5 1/4 per cent– payable to the stockholders ; and the Bank of Winchester a semi-annual dividend of 3 per cent.
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