The Capitol will be closed on the
morning of the 27th day of February, 1902, to all except members
and officers of Congress.
At 10 o’clock the east door leading
to the Rotunda will be opened to those to whom invitations have
been extended under the joint resolution of Congress by the
presiding officers of the two Houses, and to those holding tickets
of admission to the galleries.
The Hall of the House of Representatives
will be opened for the admission of Representatives and to those
who have invitations, who will be conducted to the seats assigned
to them, as follows:
The President and ex-President of the
United States and special guests will be seated in front of
The Chief-Justice and associate justices
of the Supreme Court will occupy seats next to the President
and ex-President and special guests, on the right of the Speaker.
The Cabinet officers, the Lieutenant-General
of the Army and the Admiral of the Navy, and the officers of
the Army and Navy who, by name, have received the thanks of
Congress, will occupy seats on the left of the Speaker.
The chief justices and judges of the
Court of Claims and the chief justice and associate justices
of the supreme court of the District of Columbia will occupy
seats directly in the rear of the Supreme Court.
The diplomatic corps will occupy the
front row of seats.
Ex-Vice-Presidents and Senators will
occupy seats in the second, third, fourth, and fifth rows on
east side of main aisle.
Representatives will occupy seats on
west side of main aisle and in rear of the Senators on east
Commissioners of the District, governors
of States and Territories, assistant heads of departments, and
invited guests will occupy seats in rear of Representatives.
The Executive gallery will be reserved
exclusively for the families of the Supreme Court, and the families
of the Cabinet, and the invited guests of the President. Tickets
thereto will be delivered to the secretary to the President.
The diplomatic gallery will be reserved
exclusively for the families of the members of the diplomatic
corps. Tickets thereto will be delivered to the Secretary of
The reporters’ gallery will be reserved
exclusively for the use of the reporters for the press. Tickets
thereto will be delivered to the press committee.
The official reporters of the Senate
and of the House will occupy the reporters’ desk in front of
the Clerk’s table.
The House of Representatives will be
called to order by the Speaker at 12 o’clock.
The Marine Band will be in attendance.
The Senate will assemble at 12 o’clock,
and immediately after prayer will proceed to the Hall of the
House of Representatives.
The diplomatic corps will meet at half-past
11 o’clock in Representatives’ lobby, and be conducted by the
Sargeant-at-Arms of the House to the seats assigned them.
The President of the Senate will occupy
the Speaker’s chair.
The Speaker of the House will occupy
a seat at the left of the President of the Senate.
The Chaplains of the Senate and of
the House will occupy seats next the presiding officers of their
The chairmen of the joint committee
of arrangements will occupy seats at the right and left of the
orator, and next to them will be seated the Secretary of the
Senate and the Clerk of the House.
The other officers of the Senate and
of the House will occupy seats on the floor, at the right and
the left of the Speaker’s platform.
Prayer will be offered by the Rev.
Henry N. Couden, D. D., Chaplain of the House of Representatives.
The presiding officer will then present
the orator of the day.
The benediction will be pronounced
by the Rev. W. H. Milburn, Chaplain of the Senate.
By reason of the limited capacity of
the galleries the number of tickets is necessarily restricted,
and will be distributed as follows:
To each Senator, Representative, and
Delegate, 2 tickets.
No person will be admitted to the Capitol
except on presentation of a ticket, which will be good only
for the place indicated.
The Architect of the Capitol and the
Sergeant-at-Arms of the Senate and the Doorkeeper of the House
are charged with the execution of these arrangements.
J. B. FORAKER,
C. H. GROSVENOR,
Chairmen Joint Committee.