Montreal Daily Star, 25 April 1887, page 3
St George’s Day
English Workingman celebrate their national festival
On Saturday evening the English Workingmen’s Benevolent Society held its annual dinner in the Terrapin, in honour of St George’s Day. Only about 70 guests were present, owing to many members living at Point St Charles being detained by the flood. Mr ET Perry occupied the chair and at the table of honor were seated Messrs Robert Hall, JH Isaacson, SS Grant, Samuel Gray, John Gauntiett, Secretary, and George Hobson, Treasurer.
After the excellent menu had been discussed, the Chairman proposed “The Queen,” which was received with enthusiasm.
The Chairman announced that in accordance with a resolution passed at their last monthly meeting, he had sent the following cablegram:
St George’s Day, April 23
To Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen of Great Britain and Ireland:
We the members of the English Workingmen’s Benefit Society of Montreal, at their annual gathering, choose this opportunity to congratulate Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria on the completion of the fiftieth year of her gracious reign, and to assure her that although we have left the land of our birth and settled in this, the land of our adoption, we are proud of the fact that we are still British subjects, living under the same old flag and rule of our beloved Queen. May she long be spared to rule and reign over an undivided Empire.
Edmund T Perry
President English Workingmen’s Benefit Society, Montreal.
After a spirited song from Mr J Bacon, the toast to the “Prince of Wales” was proposed and followed by the singing of “God Bless the Prince of Wales.” The Governor General’s health was also proposed, the assembly singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow.” Messrs Hopper, Pembroke and Campbell then entertained the company with some patriotic songs, after which Mr Hobson gave his favorite comic song, “Up a tree,” which was encored. The toast to “Canada, the land of our adoption,” was drunk with Highland honors.
This toast was responded to by Mr H Grant who, after referring to the pleasure it gave him to address such a gathering of the worthy sons of England, said, that although he had a heartfelt feeling for the land of his birth, he loved and honored Canada, the land which gave him a living now.
Messrs Clement and Livermore now rendered some capital songs, after which the toast to “Our Guests” was proposed and responded to by Mr JH Isaacson, NP.
Mr Hall added a few remarks and concluded with a song.
A Royal Message
Last evening the President received the following answer to his cablegram.
“Aix-les-Bains, April 23, 1887”
To the President English Workingmen’s Society, Montreal, Canada:
The Queen is much gratified by your loyal expressions and thanks you for your congratulations. (signed)
The day in the city
The St George’s Society did not celebrate the day by any public demonstration this year, and the religious services were postponed until yesterday when a special service was held in St George’s church at 7 o’clock, and the Rev G Osborne Troop preached a sermon replete with patriotic sentiments.