Oh, Diary, I shall remember these last two days for all the rest of my life!
I did not cross the bridge Thursday. Father said that tickets were most hard to get, and that he knew not one person whom had them, except for Mister Roosevelt. It was all I could think of, and I could not enjoy Gad-about so much as I do most times, even though to-day I was a ballerina who had choked her husband with twine.
Yet the day was not lost, for Mother and Father had bought tickets for a special viewing of the fire-works atop the roof of the Madison-Square Garden! Oh, Diary, I do wish you were there! It was the grandest, greatest fire-works anyone had ever seen! The crowd was as if every last family were out upon the street.
They sky was so bright and full of color that Father did take off his hat and wave it about like a little boy! Diary, I have never seen Father do that before.
My head was all twiddly-twoddly in school, as I was awake far past my bed-time. (Diary, I do think Mister Rusk was too, as he fell over in his cage and Walter in the first row had to poke at him with a ruler.) We were all most surprised when all of the Sutherland School was gathered into a special assembly at about 10, and there before us was Mister Roosevelt! He told us all about the ceremonies on the bridge and answered many questions from us (and from the teachers too)! I cannot remember most of what he said right now, Diary, I shall try to write of it to-morrow or Monday.
The greatest surprise was that there was a stack of papers on a table next to Mister Roosevelt. They were handed out to us, and each one of us did get a program of the opening ceremonies!!! Diary, I cannot believe it!!! I shall hold onto it for ever and ever.
I had thought that I should glue it to your pages, Diary, but I think I should keep it all fresh and will write down the whole program here to the letter.
of the opening of the
NEW YORK AND BROOKLYN BRIDGE
Thursday, May the Twenty-Fourth, Eighteen Hundred and Eighty-Three
PROGRAM OF EVENTS
"Inauguration of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge March"
United States Army Twenty-Third Regiment Band, Otto Henze, Cndr.
"Almighty God, We Dread That You Shall Strike Down This Bridge at Any Moment"
Invocation by the Most Holy John Pettit, Bishop of the Archdiocese of New York
"New York And Brooklyn Bridge Inaugural March"
New York Marching Symphony Orchestra, Morris Heathcoate III, Cndr.
Presentation of the Bridge to the Cities Of Brookyn and New York
Mr. Kingsley (No First Name), Trustee, The New York And Brooklyn Bridge Company
Acceptance of the Bridge
The Honorable Seth Low, Mayor of the City of Brooklyn
"March of the Inauguration of the New York and Brooklyn Bridge"
United States Marine Band, John Philip Sousa, Cndr.
Acceptance of the Bridge
The Honorable Franklin Edson, Mayor of the City of New York
Response By Mr. Low
Rebuttal of Mr. Low by Mr. Edson
General Harrumphing from A Coterie of Men in Frock Coats and Tall Black Hats
3:18 P.M. - 3:30 P.M.
"O, Mighty Nymph of Commerce, Let This Bridge Be the Path Towards Physical Congress With Your Nubile Flesh"
Oration by the Honorable Abram S. Hewitt
Throwing Off of the Bridge of Twenty-Four Small Orphan Boys, Twelve Each from the New York and Kings County Alms-houses, To See Which Ones Shall Stay Afloat The Longest, With The Award of a Fine Goose Going To the Mayor With The Hardiest Orphan Boys
3:50 P.M (or after conclusion of prior ceremonies)
"The March of the New York And Brooklyn Bridge Inauguration"
Cyrus Terwilleger Marching Band, Cyrus Terwilleger, Cndr.
"The Almighty Beseeches Thee to Buy Farm-land in Flatbush Now And Hold It"
Oration by Rev. Peter Ditmas, Flatbush Dutch Reformed Church
"A Bridge to the Very Late Nineteenth Century"
The Honorable Grover Cleveland, Governor of the State of New York
Procession of His Excellency Chester A. Arthur, President of the United States, Across the Bridge; Twenty-One Gun Salutes to the President from the Forts at Governors Island and Naval Vessels At Sea, Being Careful Not to Hit Either the President or the Very New and Very Expensive Bridge with Gigantic Cannonballs
6:00 P.M. (Brooklyn Anchorage)
Burial of a Time Capsule Not To Be Opened Until the Year Nineteen Hundred Eighty-Three, Containing All of To-Day's News-papers, Ceremonial Cutting Shears, Assorted Clothing Items from the A.T. Stewart Department Store, One Italian Immigrant (Bronzed), and a Base-Ball.
10:00 P.M. - 11:00 P.M.
Removal of Charred Bird Carcasses from the Bridge Deck
OPENING OF THE BRIDGE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC
Oh, Diary, that was quite a program, and I am all tired out from writing it. I shall tell you all the rest to-morrow!
I Love you.