Newspaper of The New York Herald, February 21, 1861, Page 1

Newspaper of The New York Herald dated February 21, 1861 Page 1
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THE NEW YORK HERALD. WHOLE NO. 8931. MORNING EDITION-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1861. PRICE TWO CENTS. THE HEADS OP THE NATION. The President and Vice Presi dent Elect in New York. Mr. Lincoln's Reception and Levee at the City Hall. Pithy Speech of Mayor Wood and the President's Reply. The Rush ef the Populace to Greet the Great Rail Splitter* Our ions Scenes, Incidents and Say ings Among the Crowd. Mr. Lincoln's Interviews with Ladies, IKerehants, Politicians, Bowery Boys and Veteran Soldiers. THE DINNER AT THE ASTOR HOUSE. Visit of the Lincoln Family to the Museum. THE PRESIDENT AT THE OPERA. The Midnight Serenade in Honor of Mr* Lincoln* The Arrival and Reception of the Vice President, ac^ *.c., *c. WHAT MR. LINCOLN DID IN THE MORNING. Shortly titer eight o'clock A. M. the President elect en tered a carriage for the purpose or paying a visit to and taking breakfast with Moeeg 11. Urlnnell, Esq. Mr. Lin coin was accompanied by Major Sprigg, General Webb, Thurlow Weed and Mr. Judd. The manner in which Mr. Troy (formerly engineer of the Astor House and now one of the special force of the Metropolitan Police) managed to get Mr. IJnooln out of the bouse without noti -e was very creditable. While all those anxious to soe the President elect wero stationed on the stairway in the front of the boose, Mr. Lincoln and friends were very quietly walkiug down the stairs of the Vesey street entrance, and ha 1 been driven off before even many of the waiters of the hotel bad known he was out of bed. At Mr. Grinnell ? houee Mr. Lincoln met about a hundred of our principal merchants. At about half-past ten o'clock the Presidential party returned to the Astor House, entering by the same door fl-om which they had earlier taken their departure. During the absence of the President elect several poli ticians and others loitered about the corridors of the hotel. Among the party were Messrs. Opdyke, Hoxie, Haws (Comptroller), lJarnum, I)r. I-odlow, ?ic., all of wbtfa obtained private interviews with Mi. L. Ano ther Important party also appeared, during the absence of bis paternal relative in the oorrldor adjoining the recep tion room, and consisted of the junior sprig of the "wooden" nobility, who marchod about full of spirits? not alcoholic?blowing a paper trumpet. Iiarnum asked the little fellow what his name was, when tho juvenile answered through his trumpet "Lincoln," and off he went again to his own music. The police guard of the Astor House oonslsts of twenty four officers, selected from the different wards, under the charge of sergeants Wilson of the Harbor Polloe, and Peel of the Third precinct. Somoo f these officers had charge of the Prince of Wales during his visit here. THE DEPARTURE FOR THE CITY HALL. Shortly before half-past ten o'clock certain gentlemen made their appearance at the door of the reception room, and by the remark of one, as be pulled on his kid gloves, viz., "The remnant of the- .Japanese, ' it could easily be understood that they belonged to the Corporation. When Mr. Lincoln appearod there was tbe usual state of "flustitlcalion" and bustle that mark the general mode of procedure with our corporative bodice. As eleven o'clock ap proached, one Inquired of another "When they wero to ?tart?" and the answer was characteristic of the mode of action ef anothor official body?"Oh, we are waiting for tbe Supervisor*." Bet at length they came, and Super intend eat Kennedy was informed that all was ready. With his usual secret diplomacy be marched through the crowd at tbe head of tho front stairway, telling the offi cere to keep tbe way clear, as tbe I "resident waa coming. Of ooarae all eyes were takon from him to look for Mr. Lincoln, and tho former quietly slipping up tbe other etaireaae, at tbe opposite end of tbe lower corridor, took tbe 1 "resident elect down the Vesey street ?tain. But although tho crowd inside the hotel were thus ?'bambooeled," those outside "warn'tto be," a* one man remarked. They saw a carriage with four dark boreee waiting at the Veeey street door, and while that stood there no power ef police on earth could per tuade -them the I*reaidant would como out of the front 4oor. There they etood, and cheered every one who made his appearance at tbe Yeaey street door, even the darkey, and the characteristic 41 hi, hi, bl's," were loud and sonorous. When Mr. Lincoln came out he was greet ed with a loud cheer, although at least three-fourths of tbe spectators saw nothing more than the top of the um brella. Tbe sight of tbii was all the reward they gained for standing over an hour in the damp slush and soft enow. ARRrVAL AT THE CITY HALL. The Ofcrrlsgw containing Mr. l.incoln and party, fallow ?d by another tf.rawn by two horses, panted from Vesey street along the front of tho A*tor House and the west aide of the Park, entering the latter by the path opposite the Broadway Bank. Of jcourse; the crowd assembled at Vesey street followed, splashing themselves with slush, aixt many of the disappointed ones from the front en trance of the bote: also rushed to try and get a glimpse of Mr. L. ss iie seconded the City Hall steps. At the City Hall the steps were literally crowded, tear ing a narrow passage up the centre. A large number of portions were on the balcony, and a still larger crowd I formed a lint on both sides of the path leading through the Park in front of ti e City Rail. As Mr. I.inooln left I his oarringe the crowd ({are a long and continuous cheer, ' which lasted Mil be disappeared * tthin the building. THE RECEPTION AT THE CITY HA^L. H*ro the police arrangement* were also admirable. A ttfeerid distribution of th? Metropolitans through thn sevsral passage ways and at the head of the different stairs prevented a crowd, and Mr. licooln was enabled to walk from his carriage to Govcrnsr's room with an little obstruction m if bo were in Its own garden at Fpringfleld. In these "flovnrnnr a rooms ' made iimtoricby thoir use on similar <>coastoi?t, and by the array of pictures, which recalled the glorlou* past of the city and country, werp th* Mayor and a number of gentleman oonnecicil with the municipal government. Keporters, too, had gathered after running a gauntkM something like the fol lowing:? "Can't pes', sir." "But I'm a reporter." "(an t help thai our orders are to admit nobody." "Why, my dear sir, l'?n on duty as Important w your own Must p??* in, any how. Reporter* are net among t the noddies, yon know." "Well, /'II <ee "nys the policeman, pnm?wh*l. moll) fif d. '-Sergeai , b're'i a importer of the Ilriuu>.'' We are accordingly ushered along a doable line of heavy breasted Metropolitans, and stand face to faoe with tbe redoubtable Ju-f it ufuad. Rkjoktsk op tub EbouLD?Sir, want to |0 la. Wbeie'a your doeumenta. Here, sir (producing them). " All right," responds the Sergeant, and with a sort of Kangaroo jump under tbe impetus of tbe atalworth officer's muscles we are landed on tbe floor of tbe Governor's Room. Tbe President elect arrived shortly after eleven o'cloc*. Tbe Mayor took bis place behind tbe rosewood table; Mr. Lincoln, attended by tbe Committee of tbe Common Council, rested immediately opposite. The appearance of the two men was striking enough for a picture. Tbe chief magistrate of the city, dressed, with his usual good taste, in a suit of black, with his coat buttoned tightly across his breast, looked upon the Presi dent elect of the country with an eye that never removed its gaze during the two addresses. The chief magistrate of tbe country, also dressed in black, a head taller than tbe Mayor, looked calm and oollected, but did not return tbe steady gaze that was fastened upon htm. Thus dis posed, the Mayor and future President eu a vit, and tbe spectators gathered in a circle around, tbe Mayor spake as follows ? MAYOR WOOD'S SPEECH. Mr. Ijxoou?As Mayor of New York, it becomes my duty to extend to you an official welcome in behalf of the Corporation. In doing so, permit me to say that this city has never offered hospitality to a man clothed with more exalted powers or resting under graver responsibilities than those which circumstances have devolved ui>ou you. Coming into office with a dismembered government to reconstruct, and a disconnected and hostile people to re concile, it will require a high patriotism and an elevated comprehension of the whole country and its varied in terests, opinions and prejudices, to so conduct public atlairs as to bring it back again to its former harmoni ous, consolidated and prosperous condition. If 1 refer to this topic, sir, It Is because New York is deeply interested. Tbe present political divisions have sweJy afflicted her people. All nor material in terests are paralyzed. Her commercial greatness is endangered. She is the cbild of the American Union. She has grown up under its mater gal care and been fostered by its paternal bouuty; and we fear that if the Union dies the present supremacy of New York may perish with it. To you, therefore, chosen under the forms of tbe constitution as the bead of the confederacy, we look for a restoration of fraternal relations between tbe States?only to bo accomplished by peaceful and conciliatory means, aided by the w.s dom of Almighty God. To tbis Mr. Lincoln, calmly and without tbe slightest mark of trepidation, responded as follows ? SPEECH OF MB. LINCOLN. Mr. Mayor?It is with feelings of deep gratitude that I make my acknowledgment for this reception which h is been given me In the great commercial city of New York. I cannot but remember that this is done by a people who do not by a majority agree with me in political sentiments. It is the more grateful because In this recep tion 1 see that, In regard to the great principles of our government, the people are very nearly or quite unani mous. In reference to the difficulties that confront us at this time, and of which your Honor thought tit to speak so becomingly, and so justly as I suppose, 1 can only say that I fully concur In the sentiments ex pressed by the Mayor. In my devotion to the Union I hope I am behind no man in the Union; but a* to the wisdom with whii-h to conduct alt'airs tending to the preservation of the Union, I tear that oven too'great contidence may have boeu reposed in me. I am sure 1 bring a heart devoted to the work. There is nothihg that can ever bring mo wil lingly to consent to the destruction of this Union, under which not only the commercial city of New York, but the whole eountrv has acquired Its greatness, unlets it were to be that thing for wmch the Uuion itself was made. I understand a ship to be made lor the carrying and preservation of the cargo, ami so long as tbe ship can bo saved, with the cargo, it should never be abandoned. This Union should likewise never be abandoned unless it fails and tbe probability of its preser vation shall cease to exist without throwing tbe passengers and cargo overboard. So long, then, as it is possible that the prosperity and the liberties of the j??oplo can be preserved in the Union, It shall be my purpose at all timts to preserve It. Thanking you tor the reception given me, allow me to come to a close. As soon as tbe applause which followed tbe last tone of Mr. Uncoln's voice had subsided, the Mayor observod that those members of the Common Council who were to be presented to tbe President elect would now have an opportunity to come forward. The members of the Re ception Committee, who went to Albany, and other Com mon Oouncilmen who called at the As tor House, having already passed through tbe pleasiog experience, only u limited number of our metropolitan tax-augment ing representatives remained to be received into Abraham's bosom. Those who sought the intro duction were trotted out before the I "resident with out a great deal of < cretnony, and when they bad bold of the Presidential band seemed highly pleased At least they smiled, or tried to smile, in tbe mos: benignant manner possible. A ghastly grin, howevor, I* peculiarly characteristic of a corporation smile on such an occasion. The chief conservators of the city's honor, Boole and Brady, were prominent In the company. Brady was among tbe first to put np his paw for th > Presidential hand to shake; but Boole looked exceedingly solemn. It was a matter of serious conjecture concern ing tbe notorious Boole as to what change had come over the spirit of his dreams. A satisfactory solution of the perplexing problem was found in the remembranoe of the sad calamity which befel the ubiquitious and captivating Tommy soon after his return to his own fair Flowery Land. Tommy was at once the life of the Japanese Embassy, the delight of Van Tine and the especial favorite of Boole, whose attentions to him were little less than those puid to the Tycoon. The news of Tommy's decapitation, so unexpected and so sudden, has had a wonderful ettect upon Van Tine and Boole, and tbe idea was humanely entertained that some advisatory or compulsory measures might be absolutely necessary In order to pi event both of them committing self-destruc tion, or what the Japanese call hari kari. But these fears were lost sight of by tlie many for the moment, in the bustle which attended the arrangements for the ad mission of the crowd which thronged the Hail and press ed in from tbe Park In order to see tbe President elect. 8CKNE8 Of K1HO THE RKCKITIOV. Those may be fairly Raid to baflte all description. No sooner wua the word given that the President was ready to receive the public and to shake hands with all who desired that pleasure, than the corridors of the City Kali became a sort of menagerie in which a variety or tame and wild beasts struggled for the supremacy. The doors once opened, the crowd poured in, despite the ef forts of the policemen, In all shapes imaginable, long and short, fat and thin, old and young, rich atul poor, male and female tkeugh the latter were few and far between?it was one continued heterogenous out pouring of humanity, such as ran be gathered togethor in no other place outside of New York, Hermans, Irish, Italians, Frenchmen, Americans, republicans, democj-als, people of no particular poltt'cal opinions, old soldiers, young Yankees, all waat to make up the picture. The style, too, tn which they came into the room wu amusing. ?mtside, tbe crowd was roaring and surging like tbe waves of an angry sea. Policemen were shouting at the top of their voices, "Keep back," "Iton't crowd so," "Hhut 'em olT," "Close that door;" while civilians imprisoned lo the eddying mass would emit all sorta of frantic ejaculations expressive of their misery, such as "Oh, God!'' "Oh, my arm!" "Keep off my toes, God damn you;" "Here, give me that umbrella;" "Make room for this lady;" "Pws on;" "Keep your elbows out of my face," and a thousand other remarks, such as would be forced out of a man only under high pressure. As the crowd came into the room where the 1 "resident el?*t was receiving the people tho ssenc was equally ludicrous. Home would come In backwards, others forward#, others at an angle of forty Ove degrees, and one fat old gentleman landed on all fours, puffing like a steam ttogtae. Halx were smashed, shawls torn off, clothes rent, and the throng generally were put through ? process of squeezing that they now doubtless think Is much better to read about than to repeat. To use the classical language of one of the unfortunate*, It was a ' iainf?rtia"?but not by any means a "jam Kalis factory." The President elect could not bavo formel a very agreeable impression of the first instalment or New Yorkers who thuli appeared Iwfore his vision, lor toilettes were anything bu' complete, and clothes In anything bnt a presentable shape. Kat mon? always a nuisance In a crowd?seemed to suf fer more than anybody |else. our reporter e.ountc<l no less than a hundred during the first hour, who looked as If they might have been drugged through a brush fence?hair dishevelled, clothes awry, races grim and sweaty and bulging eyi-s?that told too plainly <>T the m'serles through whteh they had parsed. Home thing or an Idea or tbe crowd without may b.i gathered from tbe fact that every man who entered the Governor's room vented his satlsra* lion, astonishment and di'gust in one prolocgrd "Whew!" expressing a sense oT relief in this single sigh that is not possible to convoy upon l*pcr. Hevoral ladies were unfortunate enough lo be In this Jam; nut, as one or them?a stout lady from Illinois? remarked, she was willing to endure a "tighter sjueexe" yet for the pleasure of shaking hands with tho Prea Idont of the United States. Kor an hour this terrible cmteet of evory man to get ahead of bis neighbor continued without cessation. At ur that arrangement* were made by which a siogle file wm formed, and all who desired It were allows I the oppor tunlty of gratifying themselves ? ith a Presidential ythake with a moderate expenditure or patience and oomfort. Ml, LINCOLN BM1DK T1IK BTATCE Or WARHINOTOX. After tbe city officials ami the lew invited guests who wer* favored with an early eutraa< e' ,nto tbe (Jovcroor'a room bad been inlrodiiced to him, Mr Lincoln wm looking iibont to find a more favorable spot to re:eive the multi (ude outside, when be passed al<>n;r lo lh" en I of the cen tre mom, beside Houdon'.t bronie statue or the iiimortal Washington, at the sam ? lime remarking in the most character "?tlc manner, "Twill plant myself here, and plai i m> b*^ ,n the oi l'?? tier 0.'' It w m at; in teresting tu? tr>nt. avl might be tiK. n is nr. as-urn ? hat ih>- Pref.lwtt elect desirous <>r eonh a> log the ? p pcrtuoi'y of makltg Inuelf a ' ?<je/'Ld Washington," and that be would profit by tho a i v ce of the Herald 01 the day ol his arrival, to the foil *11 g effect ? If Mr Dnooln desires to be tuo fecond Wa^iugtou o" this great confederacy, let him c >me out empbatiotily in hiK inaugural in favor of the Crittenden resolutions aa amendments to tha constitution, U t him call tin extra session of the new Congress, aud in hm Ural meaftage boldly reiterate this plan and iU* ttubmissiun at ouco to tin i i " throughout the States, let him appoint lus Ca binet, but not dispose of another office in his gift till this great and overwhelming question is settled As Mr. Lincoln stood here in front of tho statue of j Washington, Ool. Ward H. liunon, of Illinois, occupied a i position on the right, and hi* Honor Mayor Wood a place on the left. IIoswh the Mayor stood Alderman Cornell, , Chairman of the Common Council Committee. and he os sifted his Honor in pronouncing the names of prominent Citiwns as each was tndivtdualy presented to the President elect. Arrangements were then effect ed so that the crowd would enter the (iovernor'a 1 room by the centre door, pass through tho open rank of ollioials and Invited guests, pay their respects to the hero of tho hour, and^depart | through the western door, dowu to the vestibule ot tho , Hall, and out to the I'ark again to mingle with the < anxious crowd below. THE INTRODUCTION OF THE POPULACE. At tiftoen minutes past cloven o'clock tho door was opened, and the public admitted. A tr< rncndoua clamor and rush characterized the nuree of tho populace. The police carried out their instructions to lot in only a limited number at a time, so as to prevent an ru(h coming upon the I*reeldent elect. The crowd com menced pouring in, and each person as he pa&ted had tho privilege of a personal salutation from Mr. Lincoln, and a cordial shake of his hand. At tirst they camo steadily and regularly, when Mr. Lincoln remarked, "Oh, 1 ooul'd stand it as thick as they oome now for six hours!'' "You think )ou could?" interrogated the Mayor. "Uh, yets' easy enough," replied the I'resWeut eiert. as the striata of human beings continued to flow past, it was curious to notice In the different individuals tho varieties of character evinced in their deportment, and the difference in taste displayed in their apparel. It was not strange that, as the ilay was damp, a large majority carried umbrellas under their arms. Iiebides uuibicilas fomo were hugging their ihawls, which, 1 their strugglo to jiass through the doorway, they had barely rescued from the hands of the uniformed Metropolitans. Others were swept along with such velocity that they lost all thought or their chapeaux until they found thorn selves close beside the President elect. Then thuy doffed their bats in the most amusing manner possible. Some cast side glances at him as they passed, some sturod him full in the face, while every one looked back to have a second glance of him. One man, in a distinct voice, Slid, emphatically, "Air. Lincoln, I am very happy to see you," at which the President smiled. Along tho tide came, and with it one pious old gentleman, who said, "Allow me to present, you with tho words of Christ," at the tame time placing in Mr. Lincoln's hands a document or pamphlet. Onfi Individual was profane enough to sug gest, soUo voce, that when ho should open it he might Hud it to be, Instead of select passages of Scripture, au appli cation for office. The (hiking of hands continued, occa sionally two persons earning up at tho same timo, whoa Mr. Lincoln would extend bath hands. it was agreed that the great rail splitter should shako bunas with all who came until twelve o'clock, after which hour he would merely bow to the citlzcns as they passed. ' 'God bless you, sir," was relig iously said by an elderly gen tie man, while another, who followed him, seemed to have an "irrepressible ooulllct" with his glove, which obsti I nately refused to come off. A desperate tinal pull, how ever, relieved his perplexity, and the ardent admirer of tho Prince of Bails was permitted to take him by the hand. Another instalment of civilians was lot in by the police, and more introductions en sued. The majority passed without baving their names announced, for to go through all that formality would occupy too much time. Indeed uiany wh;> passed during the Urst half hour were not citizens of New York. They were country people, and being in the city had embraced the opportunity to see the President elect, while some, with that object In view, notwithstanding the sleet, had come from the surroutiding suburbs. Hut as public officials or well known citizens came for ward, their mimes were pronounced by the Mayor, Mr. Cornell, or some other member of the committee The Health Officer made his appearance, and tho Mayor Intro duced "l)r Gunn." After he had passed Mr. Lincoln observed. "1 supixwe he is the author ofGiinn's Homes tic Medicine; I believe there is surh a work " "Yos," was the reply, "he is tho same individual.'' The shaking of hauds had bean kept up without a mo ment's interruption, and it was thought that the Presi dential arms must certainly be tired. The Mayor sug gested that he could shut off the Btream (as tho Croton water is shut off, somebody said), if he chose. But Mr. .Lincoln said, " No; let them come on, aud I will shake hands with them till twelve o'clock, aud after that hour I will be satisfied if they will pass me without Bhaking hands Then the flow continued to pour on. " Not to fast, gentlemen, Dot so fast," had to be repeated many times by the Mayor and tho policemeu. Comptroller Haws passed in com piny with ex-Governor Clark, whom he introduced to the President. Mr. Lin coin kindly thanked him for the visit, and the Comptrol' ler and ex-Governor were carried along with the crowd. One tall fellow wlth rather short whiskers, as he passed Mr. Liuooln, was heard to say, "Well, he looks liko me." "I did not kx.k at him,-' remarked Old Abe. " but I take It that he is a very handsome man," at which there was inordinate laughter among the immediate spectators. The work was getting hard enough, the chosen Chief Magistrate was getting warm, ?o, assisted by tho Mayor, he took off his overcoat, and resumed the shaking of hands with additional vlgar. Directly behind a fat man waddling along with difficulty and a spare mau, with spectacles on and a ghastly countenance, came a tall lank fellow, who said, in a familiar way and a loud tone, " Priond Abraham, bow do you do; bow is your wife and family?" This fraternal greeting was the signal for great laughter, in which Mr. Lincoln himself heartily joined. The noise of the tumultuous crowd In the corrktm, every member of which wanted to be admitted lx?lbre everybody else, was distinctly heard inside, so that the President elect was constrained to observe, "1 suppose there is a great Jam outside." "Yes," replied His Honor, "they will keep you here all day If you stay;'" to which Mr. Iinooln re torted, with a characteristic smilo, "I will stay the two hours out, so as to keep up to the bargain that I made." Every tall man seemed to havo n rifht, on account of his size, to say something as he parsed the President elect, while any one who wore a white shokor appeared to claim, as a Divine prerogative, that he should quote some appropriate verse of Ocripture or offer up a brier but fervent prayer, en patttiru, for the prosperity of Mr.Lincoln and the wisdom of his adminis tration. occasionally some one would affectionately whls per something to him, and the ludicrous spectacle now and then preeeotod by aome ofllcoaeekers of rather di minutive stature, as they rear bed up to put their mouths close to the Presidential ear, caused considerable tittering in the foom Some, more definite and more hopeful, would plase a letter In his hand, while other ofticeseekers, morn bashful and more despondent, passed by in silence; and yet their lingering step* and backward glances told that they secrcUy said in their hearts, "CKd Abe, remember me." A heavy woman, more fat than fair, in company with her husband, also more fat than fair, passed at tins moment, and stopped tt^siy a word. Khe, possessing more brass than her better half, undertook to press his claims for Presidential favor. It was understood that she represented him as having be*n a member of the Indiana legislature, on acoount of which she thought he should be rem?nbered in his list of appointments by the Presilont elect. They walked arm in arm?the husband had bold of his wife's arm, and flood with trembling frame and half averted head while she sj>oke the few word* in his bohiif. After Miey had paused a few steps be seemed to gain a little individual courage, and essayed to make his way back to the Presi dential dispenser of official positions, but the comuig crowd rudely but innoosntly pushed him back in their unavoidable progress, and the poor Indiana office seeker, entirelv despondent now, wss lost for a time among the crowd, and was seen shortly after in a perfect state of bewilderment, looking everywhere for bis wife, who had let go his arm in the pressure at the moment that he seemed to hare mustered courage enough himself to speak to the President elect. A good look lug, rotund gentleman from Huten Island [ stopped to make a little speer.h "Asa representative of the inhabitants of Btatea Island," lie said, "I give you the hearty congratulations of the people of our it-land "?at the same time shaking Mr. Lin con's hand in such a terrific manner that the few policemen (lose by seemed to be getting ready, expecting that their services might be called into requisition at any moment?"and to assure you," con tinued the Staten Island gentleman, "that you have the heartfelt prayers our inhabitant* and their earnest hopes I hat your administration may be instrumental in reunit ing the country " Mr. Iinooln listened attentively, smiled, shook the hand of the siieaker. who gave another and u final shake, and the Ktaten Island gentleman passed on with the rest. This temporary stoppage had blockaded the line somewhat, and now when Uio rotund indivi dual had passed, the people came tumbling one upon another. It was again suggested that as the crowd had become so pressing. Mr. T.lncoln had better desist shaking hands before twelve o'clock, and If the people pass with a bow. "No," ho said, " I think wo had belter stand to whnt we have and, and tho shaking was rssumed. Observing people noticed the ludicrous contrast presented bv a d.mdy Englishman and a Dead Rabbit walking side by side. As they came up the I>ead Rabbit got the bi-st of him, and shook Mr. Lin coln's luuid the Urst. Kx Mayor Harper,as he passed, in voked a blesslug on the head of the President elect. Three ladies now appeared, having gone through a tre mendoussqneoElng in order to roa< h tho room. One of them was exceedingly fat, puffing profoundly, and as she passed looked up as ir Mr Lincoln might kiss her, as she had bad such terrible experiences in her eiloris to see him. But be rewarded her the same as ho did the other ladies, with a gentle shake of the hand. A young m m, greatly bew ildered, his body shaking arid h's eves roll lug with phrenxy, loudly exclaimed ?s he passed, "Mr. President!" Every one in the room burst out into s roar of laughter, which bad the effect of bringing back his wits and restoring somewhat his equilibrium. Another great rush, and on tho people camo, tumbling over each other as before. " Not so fast, gentlemen, not so fast," was repealed by tho Mayor ami passed round by I he policemen A little gent'eman, somewhat advanced In yiars, as be caught the ha*1 of Mr. l.iucoln, sai l, " Thank the Ix>rd, I have seen another President. I hope yow will lire a good many years, and I hope Hia counsel will guide you." This pious person was followed t>j the announcement of a gentleman from Charleston, who very cordially shook the hind of Mr l.in 'olr. Gre.it laughter was caused by tin- proceeding,i?nJ tome one, unable to contain himself, io.uod out, "O, be Is a South Carol) linn." The Mayor supposed ttiat the Pm.driit ci.4 net consider that oit <4 the pile of his jurisdiction. Mr. Lincoln raplied, "1 will shake hands with south Carolinians if they will shake h?n<ts with ran. 1 hut is net a very technical question." In the midst of tho merriment the Char lesion tan had passed, and given pla> e to an indignant individual, who exclaimed, '"Please to take good care of tho Collector of Georgetown, South Carolina. be Is in prison awaiting trial for treason." Tins request, coming directly after the cordial greeting of the South Carolinian, produced increased ebullitions of laughter. rbe scene was now indeed a merry one. It was tlvn minutes to twelve o'clock, and the announcement wan made that ju*t as soon as the bell should strike the bou of noon th? President elect woukl cease shaking h i ids, arid merely bow to the people as they passed. liusstite meet wus made to the srowd by the policemen a', the doors, ai>'l then there wax a tremendous rush, for every one wanted to have It to say that he had shaken the hand of the President. The crowd seemed determined to break through the squad of policemen outside, push in tho door.and rush in en matie to grasp the Laud of the rail splitter. Hut the police kept them back, and out rif the scene of ex citement, which was now at its liuight, emerged another

solitary woman whose apparel plainly showed that she had gone through an " irrepressible conflict" with a con giomeruted mass of "such ruse people," as she called A personal friend was having a few words with Mr. Lincoln, when the t>ell in the I'ary pealed lorth the hour of uoon. Now the shaking of by must cease. Tho crowd wero informed that Mr. I aoRMn would receive the citizens tor another hour, but MW pawed they muot simply bow?not attempt to shake h iuilH. Tills was an unploa&ant announcement to those Huiarstitious people who, in their own minds, had various vlr%es associated with tho shaking or tho hand of i President. Some ptoplo, not willing to pass w th a bow, would manieuvro with their hands sussostively, hut Mr. I-iucoln would say, "They won't let w? bhake hands," and these few words addressed to an individual directly were more pleasing to him ttwn if he had participated in a fraternal "blhe Veterans of the War of 1812, some In full uniform, ami some simply witn badges, now made their way up in a body, beaded by their commander, Colonel Ray mond. lhe Colonel said, "I must otter to shako hands with you , we are Union men," and Mr. loncoln replied, "l ertainly, 1 must shake hands with the Veterans. And then the old men, all bearing tho marks of ago and the signs of service, walked passed him, some of them shaking tholr heads and snying that it was the last Presi dent's l and tbey expected to shake. Several more Kdies then made their appearance, and of course they would not be permitted to pass with a simple inclination of the hSaTaTdTe formal -How d'ye do." Mr. Lincoln In "tmctlvely took hold of their hands. "1 on make a dis tinction in favor of the ladies," observed the Mayor, .t Yes their hands don't hurt uie," he replied. The crowd coutiuued to peur In with iDcroaseJ eager ness and momentum. On an average ftfty people passed in a minute. Nearly every other one fumbled with his hands, expocting a l^e not^^iiUnd_ tag the prohibitory announcement; but Mr. l<m">m said he was in Charge of tho Mayor and the committee .and retieaied every few moments. "They wont let hands." "I'm sorry for it," moaned a disapointed Indi vidual All the veterans were not able to keep together , before they entorei tho room, ?o that every fow minutes our would make his appesranoe solitary and ?tone, ?md would be cordially greet.-d by the 1 U Kiell could not restrain himself from Baying, Uod Die* ! voul stondby the Union and the constitution, and 1 will standby you." Another simply ejaculated, (?od bless | >^! ' and alter he had pawed shouted, "Hurrah for I 'JAt?tblB moment there came along a well known person from tho First ward, and, as ho looked so imploringly , I the Mayor iutro<luc6d "Mr. Wilson." A smile was passed I round, nobody essayed to say Mythlng u'.til Mie, bolder I than the re6t, amended by saying Billy Wilson. t-nnie was now txchangnd for a hearty laugh at tho cx I oense of Billy. But in the meantime tho pugilistic reprc ' en tat ive from the First ward had passed on and disdained i ??< i onisc tho snort Frequently a short fat inan aud a ^M^ ^ w^t come u , together, and the tall man wo'iuX followed by some boys whogonor^y miu.^1 ,.,imo |n parties of two and three, and the maritea con i [ru?ts^pr?*entcd in this way during the course ot the two hours weVc very curious to witness, one middle aged ' m? wm so bold as to promise, "If you .atisfy Uie peo nle this time. Mr. Lincoln, you will receive the uiutii I nn'tis vole of the next electoral college. This tempt I it u ofler caused much merriment among the P??Pl?< I and Mr. l.mcoln at.tly remarked I clouds look asd.uk as they do now, one term mUit s tisfv any man." Turning to Mayor Wood, he said, If yon can ever get the city matters so syBtematiied to hold vour present place with any comfort, you will have dla? to do ' The Mayor Intimated that it was a diilkult matter, and the reply was, -But you have done a eood ileal to systematize them already. Two more Indies came in separately. One or tlwB M hibited to Mr. Lincoln a letter, and as he was ' take it from her, she }* ru8t? |ncre|y nhowiDff tho addroefl. Fhe then ? iierfectfy satisfied. He, thinking he recognized h? own t.uudwritiiig, said ?" 1 suppose she was showing me a letter which she received from me ' Commander Breeie and Captains Foot and Cansevoort from the Navv Yard paid their reep^cts to his Kxoclleney, and said something about their being happy to see him at the Navv Yard Another or the veterans caught him by the han7 aayUV, " I am glad to shake hands with you; we are some ol the old boys." A great commotio^1 Kide and a tremendous rush at the d<wrpr?lumd some excitement lrslde, when tn came a ?'?<fy P?rs wage as IT he bad been borne sbovethebeads of sD/awllDg on all fours, his umbrella and hat considerably of him. lie was picked men, puffing with all bis might and main, and tfter^ 70 covering his balance proceeded to pay his respect* to the I'ri.fiiient Right on his heels tollowed a woman, who was kindly received and txwdislly wtlcomed by the ^Now^here entered an exceedingly tall, wiry los ing Individual, who, the moment he entered the d?r, commenced straightening hlmsetf to the ful extent ot his altitude. When he came alongside of the gigantic proportions or the President elect, ht M<ipi?u and disputed tlie quest ion as to which was the taller Amid a good deal of merriment Mr. Lincoln Mid, "I will contest it with you;" whereupon tbey put their backs together, when Lincoln was round to have a slight advantage OrAisiderably creetfallen the tall man passed ao^vago v / ?j gaw that on the crowd laughing at him as he went. "I saw that he was mnniDg a tilt with me, and was stretching him 84ir to make the Issue with me, said the taller rtll splitter, " and 1 was determined to take Mm down " H**king on the question of altitude, he added, "1 have always said 0n that sub,ect that there is considerable 'outcome In me. Along the stream continued to flow after this slight Interruption. <*>e man said, "I must shake hands with you, because the\ sav I look like you." To which Mr. Lincoln replied. '?1 take It that that settles that you are a good looking Twas now half past twelve o'clock, and the noise and bustle outside continued ^thout ^atement^ A jbvw from each percon as ho passed, returaed by Mr. I.incoin with a "How do vou do, sir?" was the usual mantwr of procedure until some Incident or &u^?r0"f! SflSLJSSiSSSr ? - "TSSJ.'2SS witha pcrsou from a foreign nnUon." ThU replyprovoked considerable Uughter. A gentleman from Illinois shook hands with Mr. Lincoln, who whispered something in his which seemed to please blm exceedingly. One fnjm the ^SSfy wcTnot be content to go without a little shaklni, ta*t hwl f,,tv mi|e? to do It. A very fierce lookiflg speci ^ Jf buQDnitv wrapped in the folds of an immense i ioak snd taking gigantic strides, ilruttei imiadly p?t, Ponn bow /rrery body expected that an excejv tun would b? mado in their cano, and that he would shake bands with theni. "Tbey won't let me shake hands with yon," be said to one youn. feUow, ^tlfyouhi a s'lst^r here, IMMToou^ with her." at which there was a good deal of laughter, ana an old gentleman coming j?at remarked, approjxn, ? ?None but the brave deeer%*e the fair. It was now five minutes to one o'clock, and the aglta Hon and tumult judoo# the multitude wdo were vainly trugghngTor KTunce, joined to their ridiculous ejaculations, added, to say the least, ?ark*y to the scene. The last incident that marked this curious reception was the entrance of a mammoth man, who as he approached, was observed to be at least a ~.,m'i^of inches taller than the President elect. His ap ^cla^eSeUud laughter, and a* he cam. Iiear the Mayor said to Mr. Linooln, "I guess you will have to coma^lown now " Tb- great ralUplltter shrug Bed his shoulders and acknowledged thathe wasbeat. n 'Chis mammoth msn, who was understood to be a Mr. Wcsidward, a butter dealer, was Six feel six Inches in heirbt and weighed 2i0 pounds. Mr. Linooln remarked thai he himself was a little short of six feet with his boots off, calculating all tho "outcome that was in luui ?oon, ? short gentleman came along and said, .. Ab" how d ye do" 1 hope you w,ll Uke care of W all ' " Vou Uke care of me," said be; and I will do | ,?v duty," replied the man. Another gentleman, of the white choker fraternity. naively asked, " Is the country fateV" Lincoln retorteii, " I ho|?e so, yon must do it at which the gentleman of divinity shook his linger In an "rtoi.eovSoc khaiTnow arrived, the doors were close<l and no more people admitted. Requests had been mads to the of lect that thooraiidsoutside who wished t ?s? e th" I"residou elect and could not gain admittance to the Governor s room, would be highly pleased to have him appear on the balcony. In compliance with these requests, Mr Lincoln then went out on tho balcony. wto** h* *?? greeted with loud cheers from the multitude below. When silence was restored lie spoke as follows ? VKir.M'S?1 do not appear for the purpose or making a speech. I design to make no speech. I appear meri ly to see jott and to allow you to sec me? (checrs > ?anrt have to say to you, as 1 have said to> audtences fr uueDtly on the route from my home to this place, tnav ?n the sight I suppose I Lave the best of ^. bargain (Inughter Slid applause. "Tfcree i beers for Old Ab?. ) Assuming that >ou are alitor the ?^*tltoli?n. the I nUn?(loud cheers)?and the perpetual liberties of this people, 1 bid you farewell. (Cheers.) Mr. Lincoln then retired to the (iovernor s room ngiiil?,sn<l In rompasy with Mayor Wood walked round and viewed the prlreijuil ixirtraits. Th??, passing out oi the centre door, down through the vestibule and into lhe t'urk, where he bade farewell to tho Major, Mr Ut coin siul the membeis or his suite who were with 1 m entered the carriage* and", amid the <.b?'ers of the crowa, drove off to thi Artor House. . Among the iu?idents related of Mr. Lincoln daring n.o stay in Una city ia ooo wbtah is told by Mr. George Thoiniiton, of the Major's office. It appears thv thm giulUmao waa selected by hia Honor to make any ar rangt-menfa wltb the Prealdont elect which but pfoioire nn^ht oictau, ?n1, in speakiug of the opera luit evt-n h SI "^ompaon suggested that daring the ball see >e the President, if he chose to do go, could go upon the Huge in mask. "No, I thank yiu," haul Mr. IJncoln g<od huuioredly, "one is enough. The nttporti say 1 wear a mark already." AFTERNOON SCENES AT THEAfiTOR HOUSE. TU* HJCTl'KN PROM TUB CITY IIALL. Ab the Presidential party left the City Hail on their return to the Astor House, the crowd, as is usual on audi occasions, began lo rush and Bhout, run and chase, with their utmost power. The carriages were driven rouud to the Vesey street entrance, through which the party entered the hotel, where they arrived shortly aft<T one o'clock P. M. The President ek-ct was so fatigued with the hand shaking at the City Hall that almost Immodt ately after hi&arrival at his rooms bo retired to rest, to tbtypggyance or many prominent politicians who liad waiting for an introduction. Among the visiting 'party who arrived during the afternoon were Judge Peabody, Kx l'olioe Gmmisaiouer Straiiahan, Col. Fre mont, Cen. Nye, I>avid Webb, Collector ScheU, 81meon Draper, George Opdyke, |Capt. Faunce. of the Harrle I.ane, Shepherd Kuapp, and a number of merchant* of this city; 8. Hotaling, Hon. J. R. Hrlggs, Col. Hazard, Commodore String ham, Chaunccy Shaffer, who intro duredthe Speaker of the House of Representatives of. Massachusetts, Ac., 4c. Most if not all of the foregoing ultimately succeeded in obtaining an interview with Mr. Lincoln. Col. Fremont had a strictly private Interview with him. ^During the morning Superintendent Kennedy Intro duced to the President a veteran from iirooklyn, I/ong Island, named Hon. Joshua Oewey, who hid voted for George Washington and at every Presidential election since, including that of IJncoln. He Is ninety four years of uge, and Mr. Lincoln expressed great gratification at vtbe Introduction. William A. While, Esq., introduced the Rev I.yman Bcecher, who was accompanied by an elderly lady, to the President elect. They were both cordially received. Several ladies applied during the day for admission to visit Mr. Us coin, but were Informed by the blue coated guardians that they could not then see him. Ono elderly lady said, "Can't I get just one glimpse?" "No, ma'am." "Only one; I merely want a glimpao. Now, just do." "Our orders are positive, ma'am;" and so the officer would not relent, and the lady went away without the satlsfac tien of oven "one glimpse." A little girl was very per severing In trying to obtain a view of tho new object of exclUmcnt, being on tho spot as early as nine o'clock in the morning, and only leaving for a few minutes at a tlmo during tho whole day. At last her perseverance w.? rewarded by Mr. Lincoln having ocea slon to pass along the corridor, when she obtained a full view of him. <>n the table of the reception parlor was a large and handsome nosegay of very choice flowers, rich iu color and fragrant In odor. During tho whole afternoon the reception parlor was crowded with politicians, merchai>ts and others. Hi* gfeat was the anxiety of the curious to get Into this room that all kinds of excuses and ilodgcs were adopted for tho purpose, sometimes successfully, but more frequently without avail. Cards were sent to any prominent person inside, or the indivl lunls called out into tho corridor; but even this kind of work did not always have eil'ect except the party Inside was Invested with full powers. The police were sometimes rather puzzled how to act In certain cases, for one of the Corporation Committee would give orders uot to admit any person upon any pretence, and In a minute or two afterwards another member would bring two or tlirix followers It be admitted. As the two members would perhaps bo In vested with similar poweis of action, aud it might bo dangerous tor the M. P. to refuse to obey- the o.ders or either ol them, the poor fellows would hardly know what to do, but did their best by doing nothing Ouring all this time where was Prince Bob? He cer taitiiy did not assist his puternal relative In tho onerous dunes of the reception parlor, but certain frien Is or biB faid lie was engaged tn comtmuy with Ma>|or Spriggduring the best part ol the day In other, to him, rnoro pleasing duties?namely, that of refreshing his inner man with certain liquid arrangement*. TOVNtl LINCOLN HON'T C AKK ABOUT BEARR. At about two o i lock P. M. the nurse and the eldof of the Lincoln iuvcdDpn, uccompani'vl byoflloor Dolan of the Second precinct, visited llarnum'B Museum. The young est Lincoln would not go. " He could see plentv or bears in tho conutry he came rrom, and theroror'o did not want to see Harnurn's." So he was left behind, and several persons who could not get the ckance or shaking Lincoln by the hand took this opportunity to shake that or his youngest son. < Kllcer I)ol?n has been dubbed by his com pan Kins the "Grand Keeper or the Presidential JeveeUe?7" ewwlMllwrtlw?il*wUlbe k nan to not ytt determined. THE VESTIBn.K CROWDED. At the head of the main stairway tho police had hard work during the whole day lo keep anything like a dear passage way, ror us every person there assembled made up their minds that Lincoln would pass th*t way Home time or other, they persisted lc staying and occupying the corridor until after five o'clock P. M. THE ARRIVAL OK THE VIC? PRESIDENT. At hair-past live o'clock the police cleared a portion of the main corridor so as ti allow the Hon. Hannibal Ham lin and wife mi opportunity lo reach their rooms without annoyance as soon as they arrived At ten minutes before six o clock P. M a carriage and four drove up to the Tront entrance of tho Astor House and the Vice Pre Sluent alighted, but so quiet was the whole aflair af bis coming kept, that comparatively very few persons wore gathered together lo receive him. What few wore present made an unsuccessful attempt to get up a cheer a? Mr. Hamlin passed up the stairway, accompanied by General Nye sn<l Colonel K. Allen, or Boston. The following geu tie men arrived at the hotel with the Vice President _ John N. Goodwin, C. W. Walton, 8. C. Fessendeu, John H. members of Congress elect from Maine C. Vi. (lOddard, late President of the Senate, Maine f'apt. <.ay, V.8.K.; Col. K Allen. Ool. K. P Kin* of Host (A THE RECEPTION OF MRS. HAMLIN. Mrs Hamlin's carriage was driven around to the Vesey street entrance, where the lady was received by diaries A. Stetson, Jr., and Mr. Troy, and conducted to the corridor next above the itreet, rooms 11 and 12 being set apart for tho use of the Vice President and lady ? Mrs. Follanabee has charge of the ladles of both th< Presidential and Vice Presidential party. As soon !Wii)f'' ??d Halnlla siightly changed their toilet they were escorted to the Presidents recaption parlor, where they were formally introduced to the President and his lady by General Superintendent Kennedy. For about an hour an Informal and private ro caption of ladles and gentlethen took place in the Preel dent's reception parlor. During this ceremony the family of Superintendent Kennedy was introduced to both the President and V toe President and their ladles. THE DINNER. At about seven o'clock?one hour later than at ilrst or dered?the Presidential party sat down to dinner. The dining room was as tastefully decorated aa on the pre via* day, Tre* and ex penal ve bouqueta being placed in front or each guest. The table, In the centre of which were aomc beautiful ornaments In cookery waa aet Tor eleven persona, who contlaled oT the President and wire \ ice President and wire, Mra. Lincoln's aiater and six' others, making in all live gentlemen and alx ladles, The following la the bill of fare i llullren rn eoqulllea cm. 5 rOTiUR. J Potage Brunolae. am ceufa poch/a romo*. Aloee furclo, bral?#e?, ?u?' an vin de Champagne rim* rRoim. I'aln de Ulliler. *n BeUcvne. ULBvaa. DInde* boulllle, am Hultre?. KHTRM <'allien, farclen, am Champignon*. CoteletlM d'Agneau, aui petite* pommia dp Mrra frit*, Au Bfurrc. Tlmbal" dp Volaillf, a la Toiilnu?e. Arcadede Prrdrlr, A la financier*. t l>i.l ?K. J rommea de terre, bouillle*, I'omme* do t?rre, ail (rat In J Kplnarde, mi "'Ufa Pctlta Hum, H la rran.alae. ? Navet*, au lail. Beteravea s Celerl. Ullu< J r.imin. . ! canard de canvaa Back. j PATlnsKIUKn. < 5 Gateaui, a la Prancala*. < Charlotte Runae Marignea Sulaae. j UeWeau vl i de Champagne. flelte an vin de )<i>rdcaiii. Vararona, am Ama[><li'< > J Ualeaut do Lalayett*. (ilace, I""'Vanilla, J { Maiaoit n'Anron, Ml KUvrter, 1M1. TT1BT 8TART for titr orKRA. At about right o'clock P.M. the President and hi" nulte, lLclndttiR two young ladlea, left the hotel for the Academy of Munlc. The cortege occupied ten eloeo car ringcg. Although neveral peraou* were aMcmhlad trorad the Vwejr ntrei't entrati e, the party entered the car nagee with but little ex predion of eicltement on the part of the npecUlora. Ae aotne alight delay occurred, many per acne then obtained a good opportunity of BCcing the I rt aldent'R face and towering form. TMK chm.drrn oo to lavra kkknk's. The two juvenile Llncoin'i, aecnmptnled by their nur?e ?ml officer Inland, paid a vmit to Ijtura Keeno't theatre ,a?t evening, leaving the hotel at about eight o'clock be young gentlemen aeemed very anxio<>a to "be off ' oi.g before tbfl nnrae we* ready to go, the youngeet cod iimally Im'ormtag her that "U would be all over before i tif f gttt, there to *&*ko hade." THE OPERATIC OVATTOV. ENTKl'HAHTIC DKJION8TR ATION TO TUK P*K8ID1NT MLMCT. The visit oT the Hon. Abraham Lincoln, the President elect, to the Irvinit place Opera House last evening, was the figuul fur an overllowtng assemby of th? faahionablo and wealthy citizens of the Metropolis in this popular place of public amusement. Tho upper galleries in which the god* anil dtmi gods do mostly lovo to oongregate were not remarkable for a redundancy of numbers, though the attendance of the poorer lovers of the opera, was, on the whole, very respectahlo. The Intrinsic at tractions of Verdi's " Hallo in Meechera'' are in them ?rives powerful enough to draw a crowd on all occasions, but the additional fact that the man on whom the eye of the whole civilized world are now tlxed, and en whom the hopes of this nation rest, could not fail greatly to Increase the general attendance. Several of the private boxes were crowded, and the congregation of female beauty and fashion could scarcely be excelled in any other city. The outside arrangements for the reception of the Pro sldentlal party on their arrival at the Academy were of 'he simplest und most democratic kind. Beyond two Btrong detachments of pol ce appointed to secure orde * snd prevent accidents, no preparations were officially made for the reception. There was a Rno force of polioe, commanded by otlicors Quick and McPhorson, of the Twenty sixth presinct, detailed to prevent confusion among the hack men and drivers of public vehicles, and though with all the activity and attention that these officers could bestow on their commission, en tire confusion could not bo avoided, still supreme order was maintained among the chtotic mass of car riages and not a single accident occurred. A force of twenty men, under Captain Cameron and Sergeants If "Cor nell and Twaddle, attended to the preservation of order around and about the entrance of th? <>per? House, and It is right t ?) say that both otllcers and men discharged their onerous duties to the full satisfaction ut the entire public. The arrival of Mr. Llncolu'a carriage at a little after eight o'clock was toon made known by the cheers and plaudits of the large crowd ussembled in front of tbo building. In due course tho vehicle waH driven up to the lauding place, and the President elect, with the ladies and gentlemen of his party, alighted, while the people cheered him lustily. Without further ado. be ascanded the steps and was soon lost to the view of the outsldo spectators, who gave him a final and parting salutation as his shadow disappeared. Mr. l.incoln did not enter his box until some tlmo after the conclusion of the overture to the opera, and after the slvKors' had appeared on the stage. The place assigned him and his friends was the first private box from the stage on the second tier and on the right side of the house, (lis entrrnce was made very quietly, and >ans arrmonit, and it was not until he had Ihhu for a long time seated that any one in the body of the building know of bis or rival. Hut as he was expected people naturally began to look about for him, snd as these who knew th? loo itlon of his box were perpetually pointing In that direction, there soon began to be a genernl movement of eyes to that point. At luf t, the plain black cravat, the neat thirl collar turned oter tho neckcloth, tho incipient whiskers, and gtKxl humored face, that sat so demurely in the box, left no doubt on the public mind that Abraham 1 tncoln, of Illinois, was among thorn. All this time the opera singers were doing their best; tho ohorus chaps were expanding-their us wearied lungs to tho ex tent of their second class abilities; asd Uk4 trumpeters and druitmers were blowiug and thumping their histru mints in the most approved i-tylo. But It was no go at this particular moment. The President elect was the superior attraction for the time being, and tho opera (oiks tuid to bo content with little or uo attention from their usually very attenti\e auditors. Presently the first act was brought to a close, and the scene descended amid a pcrlect storm of enthusiasm, haM of which was no doubt Intended for the players and the other biggest half for " Honest Old Abe." The intelligence that Mr. l.incoln was in the house now began to spread from box to box, and from the lower auditorium to the gallery above, with something like electric sliced. shout after shout or applause a'one from the lower boxes and soats, and were token up and re echoed from those above. The demonstration of r-?pect and revet once to the choseu President of America at length became so general aud enthusiastic that no person present could be said to he a nun participant in It. At first the obicct of this genuine outburst of |?trlotlc feeling sat as still as when he flrst entered, only occa sionai:y bowing from his stat;butas this did not seem to satisfy the clamorous audience he presently arose to his feet, un.1 his tall sinewy form was then seen in Its lull proportion, towering abovo his friends in the box a full bead and shoulders, like Saul among his brethren. With his rising the applause ami en thuslasm seemed to have reached Its apogee; gentlemen waved their huts and cap< over thoir heads, the lad lis did the same with their handkerchiefs, while the whole audience, without exception, joined warmly in the ap plause. The scene wu? most animated snd exciting, and IIwall be oopaktared one of the most flattering ova lions yet offtredto Mr Itoeota in the ftwire Bute, and coming as it did from a class of cttisens whom the Presi dent elect could not have hud so excellent an opportunity of seeing assembled together under other circumstances,? and In consideration of the wealth, intelligence and re spectability of those who were so met togetherthe de monstration becomes doubly valuable, and will not, as It should not, be readily forgotten by Mr. Uncoln. On resuming his seat Uie applause broke out again and again, from all parts of the house, though not *> enthusiastically as in the flr*t Instance, and before tho la at echoes of the Anal burst had pubskled, the scene went up and dbevwed the whole force of the Opera troupe on the stage with their unrolled musical "scrolls, preparing to enchant tlieir audience with the de servedly beloved national hymn, "The Star Spangled Ban ner." With one of the artistic flourishes of Muxlos maj-le baton the harmonious tones of the accompaniment trembled through the orchestral Imtruments and re sounded through the house The audlenoe were incline 1 to applaud even this first faint foreshadowing of the an them's stlrrlrg strains; but they were prevented by the advance of MIm Hlnkley to the front, who, turning to Mr Lincoln's box, and yet partially facing the audience, Banc in her clear, sweet voice the first stanza of the popular hymn. The chorus was taken up In a most spirited manner by the whole troupe, and It seemed to want vary little to induce every one in the audience to join. Jnst before the flr?t verse was begun there were cries of "All up," to which the andlence unanimously responded, and all with common consent ruse to their feet Mr Lincoln and his attendants were about the last to rise, and not long after he was on his feet the chorus was concluded amid rapturous applause, as tho words wars echoed:? The star spangled banner?oh! long may It wars O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave. A splendid I'nlon American banner, blazing with the full glory of thirty three stars, was dropped from the prricenlnm with an e?ct that words san scarcely con vey The enthusiasm and excitement of the people was unbounded, and though Mr. Ianooln was passive and ool 1 rated there could be no doubt that he was greatly ?fleeted by the solemnity of the manifestation. The second verse of tho Anthem was sung by Miss Phillips, and to on through the ssog alternately with Miss Hlnkley. The last verse was sung with mat pathos and feeling, and at the conclusion the applause that followed was Indeed a flattering tribute to the talented arlHUt who so well did fesir part. Before the applause subsided, Muzto started the other national cons, "Htl Columbia," from the orchestra. It was received with loud applause. Cheers were then given for Lincoln from the upper boxes, followed by enters for Muzio and the opera singers, after which the excitement gradually subsided, and the opera was allowed to prweed with its usual harmony. Mr. I Uncoln did cot remain longer than to the close of the second act of the performance. He left Immediately after, and did not return, though everyone thought he would come back. His departure was effected ss quietly as his entrance: and thus ends the operatic demonstra tion in honor of Abraham Uncoln. ? THE r GRENADE AT MIDNIWHT. Alter Mr. iJnooin had left the opera at the Academy of Music, before the performance ?u roDeluded, be drove back to the Actor House, and immediately repaired to bta apartment*, being Tory much fatigued by tbe varied experiences of tbe day. Be arrived eo quietly, not having been expected eo noon, that no crowd bod col Ire led at tbe hotel, and very few vu aware that bo liad returned at all. The announcement having been made that tbe Wide Awake Republican Central Committee would march to tbe Actor House at half post eleven o'clock, for tbe par one of serenading the President and Vioe l*resl ent elect. A crowd bet.an to collect long before leven, and whin the serenade miwmiiwi, an hour Inter, several thousands had amembled. Fifty p*ileem?n. under co?man<l or Captain J.tmteeoQ, KNifird by Sergeants lt>>rrigan and Hrevoort, were de Hil< d to keep tho crowd in order, while twenty deter, lives were distributed among them for the punw.ie of or .king aft-r the plckpoc kete. At half pust ?terra the p<> ice cleared the area in frontof th>' b"t?l, leaving a hollow -qunre to be occupied by the musician*. HhorUy after wards a rart drove up with tbe music stauds, which were placed In the square. The time Intervon mg before tb? arrival of tho musician* was redeemer! by tbe crow! whistling various patriotic airs, and beating time with their feet. Tb-'y kept in the t>CHt of humor and Instantly si. ie-1 on whatever might happen to afford them amusement for a moment Precisely at ISo'clock the musicians arrived on therewith! and commenced arranging thf ir mania and notes, amid the humorous sallies of the midnight assemblage Th?y rnunbeied forty eight pieces of the Heventh regiment Sntlooal Guard band, under tbe leadership or dra fulia, and t< ok up a p.*ltion close to tb-? sklrwalk directly In front of tbe hotel. In addition t ? tbe gas IslTips, iour large wide awake Uiiterns contribut ed to furni?h them light on the oerasfoti. A gort of nn Impromptu procession ha<l been f"rme<l it the Republican ReadquarNn In Broadway, rom l*sed of the full bodv of the Wide Awake Central Committee and di'lerat ions irotn the lakm, PWVIIKW ON B?HW PlflfcJ