St Jean Baptiste celebrations, Quebec City, 1872

[Love the part where they ban the use of firearms during the church service and the parade……]

 

Courrier du Canada, 21 Juin 1872, page 2

La Saint Jean-Baptiste

On est a faire des préparatifs pour célébrer lundi, avec tout l’éclat possible la fête nationale du Canada-français.  La démonstration, si nous sommes favorises d’un beau temps sera digne de Québec.

Nous invitons tous nos lecteurs a prendre part a cette fête si bien fête pour raviver le patriotisme et inspirer une espérance toujours croissante dans l’avenir que la Providence réserve a notre race sur cette grande terre d’Amérique.

Voici le programme du jour

Programme

Pour célébrer la fête de leur Patron, les Canadiens-français de Québec et des environs se rendront en procession avec Drapeaux, Bannières, et Insignes, à l’église de la Cathédrale de Québec, ou une Grand Messe sera chantée.

Heure et Lieu de Réunion

Les diverses Sections de la Société St Jean Baptiste, sous le commandement des Sous-Commissaires-Ordonnateurs sera réuniront dans leurs quartiers respectifs, et les autres Sociétés sous les ordres de leurs officiers, pour se rendre au de la rue de la Couronne, St Roch a 7 heures et demie AM.  Les Sections et autres Sociétés sont pries de premier, des leur arrivée au lieu de réunion, la place qui leur est assignée dans la Procession.

A 8 heures et demie précises, la Procession se mettra en marche et défilera dans l’ordre suivant :

Ordre de la marche

Un maréchal. La petite brigade canadienne, Capt Laberge.  La compagnie Union no 4, Capt Duschesneau.  La compagnie des Sapeurs no 1, Capt Grégoire.  La section des Séminaristes externes, avec bannière et drapeaux. L’Union Musicale de Québec, avec bannière et insignes.  Les élèves de l’École Normale Laval avec drapeau. Une députation des descendants des Hurons, en costume de guerre, avec deux étendards donnes aux Hurons par Louis XIV.  L’état Major et les Officiers de la Milice active. Le drapeau de Carillon, escorte par un détachement des Zouaves Pontificaux Canadiens. Le Corps de Musique de la Batterie B de l’Artillerie, sous la direction du caporal Walsh, avec la bienveillante permission du colonel Strong et des Officiers de l’Artillerie.  Le Commissaire Ordonnateur.  Quatre Haches d’Armes. La Bannière Principale de la Société avec Lanciers.  Le Trésorier General, le Président Adjoint, le Président, son Hon le Maire et le Secret Archiviste.  Le Comite de Règle en exercice.  Les Échevins, les Conseillers et les Officiers de la Corporation. Les Juges de Paix, les Officiers Publics, les Médecins, les Notaires et les Membres du Barreau. Les Élèves  de l’Université Laval.  L’Union St Joseph de St Colomb.  La compagnie des Voltigeurs, Capt Garneau.  La compagnie des Sapeurs Capt Plamondon. La Société St Jean Baptiste de St Sauveur.  Un Marechal. Le Grand Drapeau Blanc.  La Section St Roch, avec bannière et insignes. Au milieu de la section, un char portant un Jacques –Cartier et deux chefs Indiens. L’Union St Valier avec Bannière et insignes et trois chars portant des machines pour l’industrie des Corroyeurs. La Société Ste Cécile avec insignes. Le club Jacques Cartier. La Société bienveillante des Cordonniers, avec bannières et insignes, et un corps de musique en tête. Le Club des Chasseurs. La Société Bienveillante des Ouvriers de Québec , avec bannière et insignes.  La Section St Jean avec bannière et insignes. A la tête de Section, un char portant Samuel de Champlain, fondateur de Quebec.  La Chambre de Discussion.  La Société Typographique de Québec avec Bannière et insignes. L’Institut Canadien de Québec avec bannière et insignes.  La Section Notre-Dame avec bannière et insignes.

Marche de la Procession

Partant de la rue de la Couronne, la Procession défilera par la rue de la Reine la rue Grant Defosses de la Couronne St Valier Cote d’Abraham St George Richelieu Ste Genièvre St Jean D’Autent St Louis; elle s’arrêtera a l’Hôtel du Gouvernement pour saluer son Excellence le Lieutenant Gouverneur et a l’Hôtel de Ville pour saluer son Honneur le Maire et elle continuera les rues St Louis Place-D’Armes du Fort jusqu’à l’Archevêché ou le Président présentera les hommages de la Société a Sa Grace Monseigneur l’Archevêque puis la Procession continuera par la rue Buade jusqu’à la Cathédrale ou une messe solennelle sera chantée a 9 ½ heures  AM sous la direction de M Ernest Gagnon. Un sermon de circonstance sera prêché par un célèbre prédicateur.

Pendant la messe une quête sera faite au bénéfice de la Société.

Il est strictement défendu de tirer des armes a feu sur le parcours de la procession et dans le voisinage de l’église de la Cathédrale pendant la messe.

Les porteurs de Bannières insignes etc. sont pries de déposer dans la sacristie immédiatement âpres la messe les drapeaux insignes confiées a leur garde.

MM les Marchands constructeurs de Vaisseaux etc. sont pries comme Canadiens-français de fermer leur magasins chantiers le 24 juin pour permettre a leurs employés de prendre part a la fête.

Le comite de régie espère que les citoyens rivaliseront de zèle pour décorer les rues par les quelles passera la Procession.

CJL Lafrance                                                              Ant. Parant

Secrétaire-Archiviste                                       Com-ordinateur.

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Waverley Novels for Sale, Montreal, 1843

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Times and Daily Colonial Advertiser, Montreal 7 April 1843, page 2

We have received from Messrs Armour & Ramsay the four number of the re-print of the Waverly Novels. Mr Cadell, the enterprising proprietor of the copyright, has adapted this cheap and attractive mode of placing within the reach of every individual the incomparable productions of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.

The number for April contains a portion of Guy Mannering, and fully sustains the deservedly high reputation enjoyed by the reprint.

The order interdicting the circulation of American copied of British works may promote the circulation of legalised products, nevertheless, we cannot avoid remarking that it is somewhat mortifying that the Americans should enjoy the luxury of reading the best English authors while the Canadians are excluded from the English literary market, and liable to be inoculated by the second rate effusions of American writers.

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St Andrew’s Ball a Great Success, Montreal, 1901

Montreal Gazette 30 November 1901, page 4

St Andrew’s Ball a Great Success

Fair Debutantes Lend color to brilliant scene in Windsor Hall

Many Dance for Charity

St Andrew’s Society Guests hear the music of the pipes and make merry on night of nights.
The St Andrew’s ball, the chief event of the Scottish calendar, and one of the great functions of the Montreal season was held last night in the Windsor Hall. It was a brilliant success and its time honored appearances only served to set off the ball which all thoroughly enjoyed , and which went with a splendid swing. There were an unusual number of debutantes present, perhaps through the gloom which the death of Her Majesty Queen Victoria cast over last winter, and though recent bereavements prevented many well known Scotch families from attending, those who made their first public appearance in society yesterday will always look back upon the occasion with pleasure. From the first strains of the pipes to the last notes of Auld Lang Syne there was not a flagging moment, and the dancing was kept up with a spirit which showed how well everyone was enjoying themselves.
Probably no one who was there paused to remember that it was a charity ball, and yet the raison d’etre of the whole function was charity. From the warmth and light of the Windsor Hall to the cold and dark of a tenement house is a far cry; but if anyone had stopped to think they might have joined in the next dance not less happy because their enjoyment was made to help the poor and needy. The St Andrew’s Society, besides fostering Scottish spirit and Scottish customs, has another and a very noble side of its work.

THERE’S NO FEAR OF WANT
Through its aid no man or woman from Scotland or of Scotch descent need ever fear want and its hand is ever held out to the poor in the most practical manner anyone who came or whose parents came from the north of the Tweed.
Sometimes a man is helped to make a start when he lands in a strange land; sometimes a poor Scotch girl is sent back across the seas to her friends and relatives; sometimes a Scotchman borne down by the stress of misfortune or sickness is tided over his difficulties and given the best of service and attention. Wherever a poor Scotchman is there is the society’s province and many a man and woman has reason to bless the strong tie that knits all of Scottish blood together.

But there was no hint of all this yesterday in the gay throng that filled the Windsor Hall. The room itself was decorated most tastefully by Mr SS Bain himself one of the sturdiest of Scottish men. From the great chandelier to the walls of either side hung great ropes of greenery, and all along the gallery festoons half hid the balustrade. Every windowsill was laden with palms and ferns, and from these fell showers of variegated foliage. A great semicircle of fir trees at the lead of the hall, spoke of the bleak hillsides of Scotland, and hid at the same time, those who preferred the confidential talk to the masses of the waltz. The throne was draped in flags, British and Canadian, among which were seen the light blue banner of the society, and the lion rampant of the ancient kingdom. On the walls were two other of the society’s flags, and half way down one side of the hall, a bank of palms gave more opportunities for tete-a-tetes. The hallway was transfigured into a most cosy parlour, and flags and sofas, carpets and shrubs, altogether altered the usual bare appearance.

SIGHT WELL WORTH SEEING
Crevant’s orchestra was ensconced upon the canopy over the throne, and the gallery was occupied by a crowd of spectators who had come to see the dancing down below. It was a night well worth seeing. Perhaps the number of debutantes garbed in white and the prevailing love of black or pale tinted dresses took away from its brilliancy, but the uniforms of the officers, and especially the scarlet and kilts of the Royal Scots gave it a great deal of color. The Highland reel and schottische were the most picturesque features of the evening; comparatively few ventured upon them, but those who did formed a long line down the hall, and danced the traditional steps with the utmost grace and spirit.

It was nearly 10 o’clock before the skirl of the Royal Scots pipers in the long drawing room warned the guests that the dancing was about to begin. Long before the that the passages from the dressing rooms were filled with a crowd of stalwart men and fair maidens, comparing programmes and promising dances. But soon a move was made to the hall and here after the first white, the set of honor was formed. Those who took part were Mr AW Riddell, president of the St Andrew’s Society, and Mrs Doran; Lieutenant Colonel Roy, DOC, and Mrs Riddell; Mr WF Doran, President of St Patrick’s Society, and Mrs Macdiarmid; Mr JC Macdiarmid president of the Caledonian Society and Miss Schultze; Mr Ed Schultze president of the German Society and Mrs Fyshe; Principal Peterson CMG and Mrs MacMaster; Sir James Grant KCMG and Mrs Mackay; Hon Lieut-Colonel Mackay and Mrs Mabel Hickson.

Supper was served in the large dining hall, and the haggis was brought in with all the customary honors. The eight pipers came first, then six of the Royal Scots, each man wearing the South African medal bore the enormous dish all ablaze with fire, upon a stretcher on their shoulders. The confectionary as usual were triumphs of culinary art, and two suckling pigs, [illegible] the kilt, and with glasses in many paws, fell into each other’s forelegs, and seemed also to have been celebrating St Andrew’s Day.

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How to catch rats, Montreal, 1869

Montreal Gazette, 28 August 1869, page 2

Rats

How to Catch them – Business and Pleasure Combined

For catching rats in a cheap and effective manner we recommend the following – Cover a common barrel with stiff stout paper; tying the edge around the barrel; place a board so that the rats may have easy access to the top; sprinkle cheese-parings or other “feed” for the rats on the paper for several days until they begin to believe that they have a right to their daily rations from this source; then place in the bottom of the barrel a piece of rock, about 6 in or 7 in high, filling with water until only enough of it projects above the water for one rat to lodge upon. Now replace the paper, first cutting a cross in the middle, and the first rat that comes on the barrel top goes through into the water, and climbs on the rock. The paper comes back in place, and the second rat follows the first. Then begins a fight for the possession of the dry place on the stone, the noise of which attracts the rest, who share the same fate.

[I know, a bit icky, but let us be realistic for a moment – rats were a common problem in the 19C, and their control was important for the health of the household]
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The Theatre, Montreal, 1843

Times and Daily Colonial Advertiser, Montreal 10 April 1843, page 2

The Theatre

On Thursday evening last was presented, by the amateurs of the 43d Regiment, Sheridan’s comedy of “The Rivals” – and afterwards “The Haunted Inn”. Having attentively observed the performance, we can have no hesitation in saying that the 43d amateurs made on that occasion a most successful debut. The “Rivals” is a piece that requires, to do it justice, talents in the actors, and is more liable to be spoiled, than the ephemeral productions which are for the most part offered on the boards, to the exclusion of plays of sterling merit. It is to be regretted that the rage for novelty is so great everywhere, that the plays of such men as Garrick, Sheridan, Colman, Cumberland & c., are neglected and superseded by the “pretty new-nothings” of these days of degeneracy. We thank the 43d amateurs for their judicious choice, and for the manner they presented it.

The female characters, as well as those of Sir Anthony Absolute, Captain Absolute, and Acres were good. Sir Lucius O’Trigger was rather refined and subdued for an Irish fire-eater; we think Mr Holmon, who sustained this, would succeed better in some other part. The comic song, by Latham, was received with great applause, and the Gods were quite right in encoring it. The other, we cannot praise; but that is not the fault of the singer, but the song. “The Haunted Inn” was well acted, and “the laying of the ghost” excited much merriment; and all together the performance was one which gives the 43d a claim on the support of the play-going public.

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Dr Chase’s Nerve Food, Montreal, 1919

Montreal Standard, 12 April 1919, page 22

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“I don’t think I can go, Jessie, for I just feel wretched”

“Oh, I’m so sorry, for I did so want you to be there.”

“I hate to disappoint you, dear, but you know how miserable I have been lately.”

“Yes, but I thought you were better.”

“So I am some days, and then I just seem to be as bad as ever again. I get so weak that I do not feel able to stir.”

“What is the trouble?”

“The doctor says I am anemic. He says the blood is thin and watery, and I do not get the good of the food I eat, Goodness knows I do not each much, either, for I have no appetite.”

“Why not try Dr Chase’s Nerve Food?”

“Would that help me, do you think?”

“I do not see why it should not. You remember how pale and weak I used to be. Well, it was nothing else than Dr Chase’s Nerve Food that cured me. And I am not looking as though I needed any medicine now, am I?”

“If I could only be strong and healthy like you are, Jessie, I would give anything.”

“You never will be unless you try, and I do not think you would be disappointed with Dr Chase’s Nerve Food. It is not only my case, but there are so many other girls we know who have been benefitted by it.”

“Will you get me a box at the drug store, Jessie, and I will start right in to-day? If this will only give me an appetite and make the blood rich and red, so that I can get some strength and color, I will be a happy girl.”

Dr Chase’s Nerve Food is so gentle in action, and yet so potent as a restorative, that it is a great favourite with women of all ages. It seems to be admirably suited to the needs of their delicate nervous systems, and on this account it has come to be universally used as a means of restoring vigor and energy to a rundown nervous system. 50 cents a box, 6 for $2.75, all dealers, or Edmanson, Bates & Co Ltd, Toronto. On every box of the genuine you will find the portrait and signature of AW Chase, MD, the famous Receipt Book Author.

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Amusements, Montreal, 1880

Montreal Daily Star, 23 September 1880, page 2

Amusements

Mechanic’s Hall – Robinson & Crane’s troupe played last night to a very fair audience. The songs, dances &c, tendered by the several performers proved acceptable.

Academy of Music—The Academy of Music last night was crowded as usual, there being only standing room half an hour after the performance commenced. There was a change of programme, “Zip” being substituted for “Musette”. Lotta was charming as ever, playing with inimitable vim and abandon, and being supported admirably by the east. Miss Jordan’s Amanda was very effective. To-night Lotta makes her last appearance in “Zip”, and none of our visitors who have not yet seen her should miss the opportunity.

Nordheimer’s Hall – The crew of “HMS Pinafore,” under the command of the Holman Combination, were put through their evolutions last evening at this cosy little theatre, Miss Holman’s Josephine was all that could be wished, while the support given her was fair. Old and threadbare as the charming little opera has become, the attendance last night and the applause given the performers shows that there are still a large number of theatre-goers whose admiration for it has not diminished by time and frequent repetition.

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