Montreal Daily Star, 29 October 1887, page 2
Mr. Curran, MP, Mr JK Hall, MPP, Mr Dennis Barry, St Patrick’s Society, Mr Hugh McLellan, St Andrew’s Society, Rev J Edgar Hill, Rev R Campbell, Rev Principal MacVicar and others. A splendid programme was presented for the delectation of the audience, and as it was punctiliously carried out and nearly every performer resolved an encore, they ~~~~ not only quality but quantity. Among the most notable features of a programme in which every item was good, must be mentioned the appearance of Mrs Allan J Shaw of New York, a lady who combines with a beautiful presence a most extraordinary and enchanting gift of whistling. She trips and warbles in a most birdlike manner, and seemingly without the slightest effort. Miss Jessie Alexander, teacher of elocution in the Toronto Conservatory of Music, gave two or three recitations that of “The Lang-helded Laddie,” which she rendered in Scotch dialect, being highly appreciated. Mr Fred Warrington, also from Toronto, proved in singing, especially of “The Sailor’s Grave” that he has high musical abilities. Miss Forrester, soprano, has a charming voice, and sang “Doun the Burn, Davie Lad,” and other songs in excellent style. Mrs George Furniss, who possesses a high soprano voice, charmed the audience by her singing of “Oh sing to me the auld Scotch songs.” Mr OM Taylor of Boston received hearty encores for his rendering of “Last Night” and “Scots wha hae” but the height of enthusiasm was reached when the little Highland lassie and ladies, Jessie and Willie Milne, and Willie and Frank Stuart danced the Scotch reel which they did in excellent time and with the most charming grace of movement.
In the midst of the performance
Hon Mr Laurier, was cordially received, delivered an appropriate address in a happy, pleasing vein in which his manful ~~~~ to make quotations from Burns in the Scotch dialect received hearty applauses. He said he felt it rather an anamolous position for one of French origin to occupy the role of orator on the occasion of one of the most Scotch of Scotch festivals. He understood it was not the first occasion on which the Caledonian Society had entrusted the same honor to one not of their origin, not of their kith and kin, and one who could claim no other communion but the unity of common citizenship. Whatever the differences they might have in their origin and language they should all be the same
Whether we be Scotch, English, Irish or French, it makes us all the better Canadians to keep green in our hearts the memory of the country from they had sprung. (Applause)As a French Canadian it was his pride and his pleasure to say that when Frenchmen and Scotchmen have some to-gether their relations had been of the most warm and cordial kind, and he was pleased that he could not remember a single instance which had occurred to disturb those friendly relations. He knew and old Scotch settler, who had told him those French Canadians are a kind people and sloe nice neighbours, but
They play cards on Sunday.
(Laughter) He would not say whether there was too much laxity on one side in keeping the Sabbath, or too much religion on the other, but he admired the spirit dictated to the Scotchman to ensure his neighbour whenever he thought the other was wrong. (Applause) The Scotch people had good reason to be proud of their history; they struggled to keep their son from the Norman invader, and they had since maintained their national independence at home. Today Scotchmen or descendants of Scotchmen, were among the most prominent ~~~~~ of the new world, and he knew they would be prominent in the future as they had been in the past in trying to build up
A great Canadian nationality
(Applause) After quoting the lines—
O Scotia, my dear, my native land,
For whom my warmest wish to heaven is best,
Long may thy sons of rustle toil
Be blessed with peace, and health and sweet content
The honorable gentleman paid a graceful tribute to Robert Burns, whom he described as “the poet of mankind” and concluded with the sentiment: “Let us ~~ shape our ~~~ that our children may be proud of Canada as we are proud of the country of our fathers. My last words are above all let us be Canadian.” (Loud applause)
The company ~~~~~~ by appropriately singing “Auld Lang Syne” and “God Save the Queen.”