The great victory which crowned the Union Club...naturally enough caused no small elation and enthusiasm among the members of the organization. Their joy, however, was not manifested in any unseemly or intemperate manner towards their conquered foes, but in an unoffensive, harmless way. In one respect it assumed a most agreeable development.
Between eleven and twelve o'clock last night a large party of the victorious knights assembled in front of the Republican office, having a fine band of music in attendance, and we were soon apprised of their presence by the sweet strains of music floating up through the still air of night in most agreeable melody. The music was continued ten minutes or so, and formed quite a pleasant episode in our editorial labors, and we heartily thank the young gentlemen of the Union for the treat afforded.
There were some calls for a speech, and we were just preparing to "address the assembly," when the boss, anticipating our purpose, wisely left in time and escaped the infliction.
The party were in exuberant spirits, and full of fun and frolic, and somewhat inclined to be a little boisterous, which, however, under the circumstances, might be expected. As the party dispersed, three cheers were given for the Republican office, and then, with generous spirit, for the Empire Club.
-Missouri Republican, July 11, 1867
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