JERSEY CITY DEPARTMENT.
Last Tuesday was a gala day in Jersey City, and one that will long be remembered by those who witnessed, as well as those who took part in, the grand procession in honor of the Battle of Paulus Hook, which was fought one hundred years ago. The day was ushered in by the ringing of bells, firing of cannons, and blowing of steam whistles, etc., for fifteen minutes after sunrise—which was hailed with delight by “Young America,” as well as old. According to the resolution passed by the Fire Commissioners, the Chief Engineer sent an order, which was posted up in every Engine, and Truck-house, directing the men to get themselves, and apparatus, and horses, in readiness for taking part in the Centennial celebration. The members of the different companies were at work early in the morning, cleaning and brightening up their machines, and seemed delighted with the prospect of having a fine parade, as well as a beautiful day, to show themselves to their fellowcitizens, and also their pa’riotism in helping to celebrate Jersey City’s historic battle. The day was all that could be desired—bright and fair. Soon after dinner, men, women, and children were seen in all directions wending their way toward lower Jersey City, and taking their positions upon the stoops and sidewalks of every street through which the pageant was to pass. About four o’clock the order to maich was given. The procession was divided into seven divisions: The first division was composed entirely of the military of Jersey City, and elsewhere, and made an imposing appearance. The second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth divisions were made up by various civic societies, Posts of the Grand Army, etc. The seventh division comprised the entire Fire Department of Jersey City, and marched as follows: The Board of Fire Commissioners seated in open carriages; band of music; Chief Engineer Doyle, in command, assisted by the District Engineers; then followed the firemen, the permanent men in fatigue caps and dress, and the men-at-call in black pants, blue shirts and fire caps. The men were all massed together, with the former sandwiched between each platoon. After the men had passed, the horses and apparatus—which showed to a better advantage—came along as follows: Engines Nos. One and Two; Truck No. One; Engines Nos. Three and Four; Truck No. Two; Engines Nos. Five, Six, and Seven; Truck No. Three; Engines Nos. Eight and Nine; Truck No. Four; Engines Nos. Ten and Eleven; Truck No. Five; Engine No. Twelve, and Chemical Engine. The different machines, etc., all seemed to be in good order, and were a very attractive feature in the parade. The horses presented a fine appearance, and pranced along as if conscious of the important part they were taking in the grand turnout. If each company could have marched with i s own apparatus, it would have shown the Department off to a much better advantage, and received more praise from the thousands of lookers-on. Following the firemen along, we heard not a few make expressions of disappointment at the mob-like order the men were marched in, and some even suggested that the heads of the Department would do well to go over to New York the next time its Department turned out and take a few lessons, and thus introduce a change on this side of the river. The entire celebration was an honor to the occasion, and the gentlemen who conceived and carried out the programme deserve great credit. All the public buildings were decorated, and also many of the private dwellings and stores all over the city. In the evening, fireworks were displayed in several of the parks, and concerts, picnics, etc., were given by different associations, in honor of the day, and in commemoration of the Battle of Paulus Hook.