Publication: The Muncie Daily News
Muncie, IN, United States
A DAY OF REST.
Laboring Men, Visitors and Citizens
Grand Good Time had by Everbody
as they Enjoyed the Festivities
of the Glorious Holiday.
Yesterday was Labor Day. When the morn arrived the shrill factory whistle did not summon the men to work, for it was their holiday; 'twas a day of rest, a day for pleasure, a day on which one and all were to lay aside their daily vocation and put in the time with social good pleasure.
The first glimpse of day showed that the weather was to be all that anyone could ask, a little cool perhaps, but not uncomfortable. Bright and early the farmers began to arrive from all directions; the factory-man of our city were turning out in their gala dress, bedecked with badges and flowers, sporting their canes and dressed in their Sunday best, they were out for a time ; each train that arrived brought in the crowds of people who had come to Muncie, the only, and here desired to enjoy their holiday. Long before the festivities of the day had commenced, the streets were crowded.
Every business house was decortated with flags and national colors in honor of the one day of the year set apart for rest and relaxation. All were endeavoring to give the citizens and visitors a grand good time, and make the day one long to be remembered by them.
The sweet music of the many bands furnished pastime for hundreds on the strees while officers of the day were busy receiving the visitors as they arrived and getting the labor organizations in line in their proper places.
The crowd was a most orderly one, a jovial, jolly lot of men who had come out and brought their wives and children, sisters and sweethearts along to make the day all that anyone could desire.
At 10:30 o'clock the parade moved down from East Main street, and all in perfect order. Every organizaton was in its proper place, and at the signal from Marshal Unks the procession commenced to move.
There were fully one thousand organized laborers of this city in line, and truly it was a fine, hearty and well-dressed company of men. Prosperity was imprinted on their faces and happiness in their eyes. With them it a day of pleasure; all were out for a good time.
The procession was headed by the bicyclers; the wheelers having turned out nearly half a hundred which was followed by the parade in the following order:
Police, Speakers, Marshal of Day and assistants, fire department and band.
American Flint Glass Workers, Local Unions No. 23 and 91.
Blowers Local Union No. 12: Ball Bros. Factory.
Window Glass Worker, Local Union No, 40.
A. A. of I. S. M., Hoosier Lodge.
Cigarmakers Union No. 308 aad No. 157. of Rushville.
Brick-layers Union No. 89.
International Association of Barbers, Local Union No. 28.
International Laborers Protective Union; hod-carriers department.
G. A. R., Williams Post.
Journeyman's Bakers club — in a wagon and dressed in working uniform.
O. P. I. A., No. 83; also a wagon of their trade; and No. 92, of Hartford City.
This concluded the list of trades organizations that took part in the parade, and each did their themselves proud by the large representative turn out that they had and the fine appearance they made in the ranks.
The line of laboring men was followed by a long parade of wagons and vehicles of all classes and kinds, representing different business houses and firms of the city. Many of the displays were very credible and made a very fine appearance in the line of march.
After the last wagon had passed the thousands of people joined and went to Heekin park where the exercises of the day were to take place.
ADDRESS OF WELCOME.
Mayor Brady delivered the address of welcome to