Hon. JA Chapleau’s Address at the Caledonian Society concert
The Queen’s Hall was crowded last evening by a representative audience on the occasion of the entertainment given under the auspices of the Caledonian Society of Montreal. The society is entitled to much credit for the admirable manner in which an excellent programme was carried out. On the whole it seems to have been one of the most successful and enjoyable entertainments of the kind given in Montreal. Mr Wm Rutherford, president of the society, occupied the chair, and on the platform were a large number of prominent citizens, among them Hon JA Chapleau, Acting-Mayor Clendinneng, Messrs RB Angus, President of the St Andrew’s Society; JH Redfern, President St George’s Society; DH Henderson, President Irish Protestant Benevolent Society; D Barry, President St Patrick’s Society; S McLennan, Chief of the Clan McLennan; WR McCrae, President Caledonian Society of Kingston; Jabez Jones, President Welsh Union; AE McColl, St Andrew’s Society, Belleville; JK Ward, MLC, JJ Curran, QC, MP; JS Hall, QC, MPP, Lieut-Col Mattice, Rev. J Edgar Hill, and many others. Pipers Matheson and Riddel lead the guests and officers on the platform. Among those who gave selections were Carl Faelton, of New York, the Ladies’ Schubert Club of Boston, Misses Maude Nichols, JB Worster, E Roberts and AL Whitcombe; Miss Holmes, Mr EK Frye and four children in costume danced the “Reel of Tulloch” and “Ghillie Callum.” All acquitted themselves very creditably and were enthusiastically encored.
Letters of regret at non-attendance were then read from Sir John, for himself and Lady Macdonald; Consul General Anderson, RS White, MP, Prof. J Clark Murray, Rev Jas Barclay, Rev FM Dewey, AW Ogilvie, Hugh McLennan, Wm Wilson and others.
Hon. JA Chapleau
The orator of the evening, followed in an eloquent address, which was well received by the delighted audience. During the course of his remarks he sought to show how close had been the connecting links between France and Scotland, and how this union between forefathers was still preserved on this Canadian soil. It afforded him unqualified pleasure, as a French Canadian, to be present on the occasion to assure them that his compatriots of Scottish extraction. From the earliest days in history a strong union had existed between both nations, and there was a time when the body guard of the King of France was composed of Scotchmen. There was another day when Scotchmen were extended the freedom of France. The gifted speaker in glowing language paid tributes of admiration to Burns, whose poetry was the
Incarnation of the love of country,
To Scott, Wallace, Bruce, Ferguson and Macauley, men of whom any nation would be proud. In Canada the Scotch, with the French, were rapidly becoming Canadians, and it was worthy of remark that the descendants of the men who had fought on the Plains of Abraham, whether of Scottish or French extraction, were now working hand in hand to build up a new nationality. It was true that in some parts of Quebec the descendants of the Scottish Highlanders now spoke French, but their names and hearts remained Scotch. He concluded by exalting the merits of Hon Alexander Mackenzie and Sir John A Macdonald and resumed his seat amid applause.
The programme was then concluded and a vote of thanks passed to Mr Chapleau on motion of Mr Curran, MP
An at home
The Montreal Garrison Artillery Snowshoe inaugurated the season last evening by an “At home” in the armoury at the Drill Hall. The place was prettily decorated, and everything passed off most enjoyable.