After the bands and choruses played and sang their melancholy music, Captain Black, the first of four speakers, delivered his eulogy to "this multitude, who have come hither to-day, the common people, to pay their tribute of love and affection." Black movingly told his listeners that the hearts of the deceased "were wrapped up in the cause of the common people, with that sublime infatuation of self-sacrifice which is the one thing that lifts our humanity up to heights where sits the Eternal Good." For them "the gibbet assumed the glory of a cross."

Though his former clients were described as worshipping violence, riot, and bloodshed, Black noted, they were in fact "men of gracious tenderness of heart, loved by those who knew them, trusted by those who came to understand the loyalty and purity of their lives."

As the sun set on Waldheim, the bodies were placed in a temporary crypt. Five days later a smaller group of mourners regathered on a colder and darker day to witness their transfer to a permanent vault.