Return of the Veterans.
The return of the Veteran Firemen’s Association of New York from their visit to New Orleans was made the occasion of much jollification and feasting. By permission of the Pennsylvania Railroad people the home guard spread tables in the waiting room in Jersey City, and when the old fellows alighted from the train they were surprised at the big crowd and feast that awaited them. At nine o’clock they crossed the river and came to New York, where they were met by hundreds of veterans from the associations in Brooklyn and New York. Manning the various apjiaratus, a procession was formed and the march taken up Cortlandt street to Broadway, Park row to Chambers street, to Broadway, to their headquarters in Fourteenth street, west of Sixth avenue. All along there was a profusion of fireworks and a genuine old-fashioned hurrah, that brought back many a pleasant memory to the old-timers who were dragging their pet machines of other days. After the parade the tired-out old ” squelchers” entered the clubhouse, where a bountiful supply of refreshments were served. Ex-Chiefs Decker and Howard paraded in uniform at the head of the New York Exempt Firemen’s uniformed company, and were heartily cheered along the route.