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Santa’s arrival in Montreal, 1919

Montreal Daily Star, 1 December 1919, page 7

Santa Claus Came Here by Aeroplane

And now resides at his castle outside Goodwin’s

Santa Claus came to Goodwin’s on Saturday in true chimney-pot style. Always by nature progressive, the children’s patron saint decided to keep abreast of the times and at 4.15 Saturday afternoon appeared from out of the skies and under the able pilotage of Harry Wilshire, landed safe and sound on Fletcher’s Field from an aeroplane.  Here, His Worship the Mayor, was waiting to welcome him and when Santa Claus, clad in white and gold, stepped out of the machine, the former presented him the key to the Castle of Golden Twinkles.

“I hope,” said the Mayor, as he made the presentation, “that this key will be large enough to open the doors of all the homes in Montreal and especially those of the poor.”

Santa thanked the mayor and proceeded by sleigh to his castle at Goodwin’s, as did thousands of his young disciples who had stood in the snow and slush of Fletcher’s Field for as much as an  hour to obtain a good position from which in witness his arrival.  Barely had Santa’s aeroplane touched the ground before swarms of little people accompanied by fatigued but obedient parents, rushed across the field and surrounded him and many of them did not leave his vicinity for over an hour and a half. When their white-whiskered and genial friend got into his sleigh they followed him to the store and when he disappeared inside they formed up on the sidewalk outside his castle and refused to move.

Santa Claus is now officially in residence. From 4 pm to 6 pm and from 7 pm to 9 pm, each day he will occupy his castle and from 9 am to 11 am, he will be in the toy department to consult with his young friends in his white fur reception costume.

John A in Town, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Daily Star, 5 July 1877, page 2

John A in Town

Last evening the committee for the reception of the leader of the Opposition met at Perry’s Hall, when the following arrangements were decided upon for the reception of Chief of the Conservative Party.  The places of meeting on Saturday will be: Railway-crossing, Point St Charles; St Ann’s Church, corner of St Catherine and St Lawrence streets; Papineau square and St James market, Ontario Street. A band of music will attend at each of place of meeting and precede the different sections to Albert street, near the depot, where the main body will form into line.  When Sir John arrives, the procession, headed by the Grand Marshals, Ald Kennedy and Mr G Bowen will take the following route: – Chaboillez square, St Joseph, College, Wellington, McGill, St James, St Lambert, Craig St, Denis, St Catherine to Dominion Square; here Sir John and other gentlemen will address the assembly.

The Illegality of Marrying a Wife’s Sister, Liverpool, 1837

Gore’s Liverpool General Advertiser 21 December 1837 p3


Illegality of Marrying a wife’s sister

At the sitting of the judicial committee of the Privy Council, on Wednesday, Mr. Baron Parke gave judgment on the part of their Lordships in an appeal.  Sherwood v Ray, respecting a marriage within the prohibited degrees, the appellant having married Miss Emma Sara Ray, the sister of his deceased wife. The case had been before Dr Lushington, and also Sir Herbert Jenner in the Arches’ Court; subsequently the present appeal was made to his late Majesty in council.  The judgment of their Lordships was that the decrees of the Arches’ Court must be affirmed.

Cruelty to Cows, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Daily Star, 5 July 1877, page 2

Cruelty to Cows

A case of considerable importance was before the Recorder yesterday.  On complaint of Mr John Watkins, a cattle dealer was brought up charged with having left a cow, put up for sale at the Viger market, unmilked, and consequently suffering.  There is a practice on the part of some cattle dealers of purposely leaving cows unmilked for twenty-four hours, or longer, after their arrival, in order to give them an attractive appearance to purchasers, and any one aware of the delicacy of the structure of the udder of the cows knows that the suffering caused by such unnatural overloading is intense.  The prosecution failed to make out the case, owing to the defendant securing four witnesses who swore that the cow suffered no inconvenience, that her appearance was quite natural, and that there were cows which part naturally with their milk.  The Recorder was obliged to take the evidence thus offered, but at the same time he severely commented upon it, and called upon the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the press to take to the subject up in such a form that a stop would be put to a practice which has not a little to do with the supplying of the public with diseased milk.

We trust the Inspector of the Society, Mr Gailey, will take immediate steps toward watching this practice, and secure veterinary examination of cows appearing to suffer from want of milking, so that there may be competent evidence to oppose to that of persons interested in the perpetuation of a most undesirable system.



Fancy Dress Skating Party, Ottawa, 1867

Ottawa Citizen, 16 March 1867, page 3


Ottawa Skating and Curling Club

A Fancy Dress Entertainment

Will be held

At the rink

On Tuesday evening 19th March



None but subscribers and those introduced by them will be admitted to skate.

No person will be allowed on the ice except in costume.

Ladies not required to assume any particular dress, a slight deviation from the ordinary skating dress being in their case considered sufficient.

No masks allowed except by special permission.

No gentlemen to appear in female attire.

Those desirous of appearing in costume are requested to leave their names and descriptions of dress with the Secretary when applying for their tickets.

Admission 25 cents.

Skaters in costume, free.

Doors open at half past 7 o’clock

March 9.

Penny Reading, Ottawa, 1867

Ottawa Citizen, 23 April 1867, page 2


The Penny Reading last night, at New Edinburgh, was largely attended, fully two hundred and fifty persons being present. The room was crowded almost to suffocation, and the speakers must have found great difficulty in enunciating distinctly.  The principal feature in the entertainment was, of course, Carroll Ryan’s reading.  Although labouring under some disadvantages in the small size and heat of the room, his performance was met unbounded, and well-merited applause. The penny readings have hitherto been most successful, and the people of Ottawa would do well to take pattern from their enterprising East-enders.

Menu for the St Andrew’s Ball, Montreal, 1912

Montreal Daily Star, 7 December 1912, page 10

St Andrew’s Society Ball




Consumme Bellevue

Pate d’Huitres Poulette

Mignon d’Agneau Lavalliere

Pomme Noisette

Scotch Haggis

Buffet Froid

Chiffonnade Salad

Glace Napolitaine

Petite Fours



Windsor Hotel

6th December 1912

Soiree and Ball of the Caledonian Society, Montreal, 1858

Montreal Gazette, 1 December 1858, page 2


The Annual Soiree and Ball of the Caledonian Society, in aid of the funds of the St Andrew’s Home, took place on the evening of St Andrew’s day.  The crowd was not so great as we should liked to have seen, or as the occasion deserved.  The President, AA Stevenson, Esq., occupied the chair, and the representatives of the different National Societies of this city were on the platform.  The President addressed those assembled, giving an account of the different charities which they had administered, and was followed by the Honble John Rose, TD McGee, Esq., MPP, AN Rennie Esq., R H Hamilton, Esq., M Doherty, Esq., C Dorwin, Esq., __ Masson, Esq., and WA Merry, Esq.  After the conclusion of the programme, dancing commenced and was continued till an early hour in the morning.  All enjoyed themselves greatly.  The arrangements were all that could be desired.

St Andrew’s Night advertisement, 1901

Montreal Gazette, 29 November 1901, page 1


St Andrew’s Night

The Brilliant events of St Andrew’s

Night are the talk of the town.


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