It is unfortunate that the Longfellow memorial exercises last Sunday afternoon in Appleton Chapel should have been so disappointing and unsatisfactory in their arrangements. It had been thought that the memory of our nation's poet and Cambridge's greatest citizen would make this a befitting occasion for the expression of a universal grief, that should be attended by an impressive solemnity. But all was dissatisfaction. The arrangements were very poor, and little provision was made for the vast throng that naturally attended such an affair. The galleries were at once filled to overflowing and great numbers of people choked up the entrances and aisles. The seating capacities were imperfect and arbitrary distinctions made by the officious ushers, who, in many cases, showed much partiality. During the services, a great crowd continued standing which might largely have been accommodated in the numerous vacant seats forward, from which they were, however, excluded - for what reason it is unknown. The people were crowded and restricted, and, from the noise and flurry, a stranger might have imagined there was going to be, perhaps, a wedding, or some public display. The services, with some exceptions, were quite lacking in impressiveness, and, in some instances, were insufferably dull and without the glow of feeling that should have been an attendant inspiration on such an occasion. The fetid atmosphere, the mediocre character of the exercises, and the suffering humanity, made this an occasion that proved to be an absurdly disappointing experience to those present.
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