May 10, 1869, Vol XIII---NO. 110. [p. 1.]
CLEVELAND DAILY LEADER.
LAST NIGHT''S DISPATCHES.
THE PACIFIC RAILROAD.
THE LAST RAIL LAID ON THE
LAST RAIL TO BE LAID TO-DAY
ON THE UNION SECTION.
Universal Rejoicing, Enthus-
iasm and Jubilee.
The Pacific Railroad.
The Last Spike Driven on the Cen-
tral Pacific Road — Tremendous
Enthusiasm and Extraordinary
Demonstrations in California. etc.
AT SAN FRANCISCO
May 9 — 8 A. M.
Pacific railroad celebration to-day was one
to be remembered for all time in San Fran-
cisco. The day was ushered in by a salute
of one hundred guns. At noon all the fed-
eral forts in the harbor fired salutes, the
bells of the city were set to ringing, and
and steam, whistles to screaming. At night
the whole city was illuminated, presenting
a brilliant appearance. The procession was
the largest and most enthusiastic ever wit-
nessed in San Francisco. The people
were willing and eager observers of an
event of so much importance to this city
and the Pacific coast, and turned out en
masse. Business was generally suspended.
Nearly every citizen exhibited hearty inter-
est in the demonstration. The military and
civic display was grand. In addition to the
state militia, all the available United States
troops from the several forts and stations
participated in the occasion, while the civic
societies turned out in full ranks. The city
and harbor presented a magnificent sight
during the day, the principal ships being
draped with the banners of every nation
and thronged with excited and joyous
people. The shipping was dressed in fine
style. A dispatch from the junction of the
roads announcing the driving of the last
spike on the Central Pacific road, at ten
o'clock this morning sent a thrill of joy
through the city. Congratulatory messages
were transmitted to the directors of the Cen-
tral Pacific and Union Pacific roads by Cal-
At Sacramento the event was celebrated in
a grand and enthusiastic manner. The city
was crowded with a multitude of people
from all parts of the state and Nevada. The
Grand Lodge of Odd Fellows, in session in
this city, accepted an invitation to attend the
Sacramento demonstration, and delegations
from Nevada, Grass Valley, Vallejo, San
Francisco, Placerville, San Jose, Marys-
ville, Virginia City, and Gold Hill, Nevada,
were also in attendance. The lines of travel
to and from Sacramento were thrown open
to the public free, and immense numbers of
people took advantage of the circumstance
and flocked hither. The Central Pacific
company had thirty locomotives gayly
decked ranged on the city front, and at the
signal of a gun announcing the driving of
the last spike on the road the locomotives
opened a chorus of whistles, and all the bells
and steam whistles in the city joined.
Profound regret is expressed that the
roads were not joined to-day, and the failure
is attributed to obstinacy or inability of the
Union Pacific road to make connection.
Dispatches from Promontory Point say sev-
eral hundred men seized the train at Pied-
mont on which was President Durant, say-
ing they were hungry and must have their
money, and would detain him till it was
forthcoming. The non-arrival of Durant is
alleged as the principal reason for postpone-
ment of the ceremony of joining the roads
until Monday next.