Montreal Daily Star, 2 December 1890, page 3
The St. Andrew’s Ball
Carried out with usual success
At the Windsor Last Night—Friendly greetings from all parts—the dancing and the dresses
The patron saint of Scotland certainly could have no cause to complain of the manner in which his festival was observed in Montreal last night, for a more brilliant gathering of beauty and attractiveness has seldom been seen even in this metropolitan city. The decorations of the ball room were very tastefully arranged, and, of course, in keeping with the Scottish nature of the entertainment, the above at the extreme end of the ball room being filled with a large statue of St Andrew, while in front this was a blaze of lights surrounding the motto, “Scotland Yet,” and below the arms of the United Kingdom and the Province of Quebec. The sides of the room were decorated with flags of every nation, and the platform on which the band discoursed sweet music was made to look like a glimpse from the south, being covered with huge pots of palms and other tropical plants. About nine o’clock the weird strains of the pipers playing on their bagpipes gave forth the air of “The Campbells are coming,” and the procession was at once formed to lead the way into the ball room. The set of honor was composed of:
Mr. John Cassils and Mrs. Sclater.
Mr. SC Stevenson and Mrs. McShane
Lt-Col Houghton, DAG, and Mrs. Wm Cassils
Mr. HJ Cloran and Mrs. Caldwell
Lt-Col Mattice and Miss Macrae
Mr. Wm Cassils and Mrs. SC Stevenson
Among the features of the evening was the dancing of the Scotch reels and strathspeys of the old melodies so familiar to Highlanders, known as “The Dell among the tailors,” “The fectel aboot the fireside,” and “Lady Baird,” and the graceful manner in which the intricate and difficult steps of these national dances were performed by Mrs. Ewing and Mrs. Cameron won the admiration of all who had the privilege of seeing them. The guests were received by Mrs. John Cassils and Mr. Cassils, the president of the St Andrew’s Society, and dancing began immediately and was kept up with much vigor until the early hours of the morning. The Irish Protestant Benevolent Society was well represented by Mr. George Horne in the absence of the president, Mr. Arnton, who wore the full regalia of the office, consisting of a magnificent necklet of pure gold, fashioned into the form of shamrocks and harps profusely gemmed
WITH RUBIES AND EMERALDS.
At twelve o’clock supper was announced by the pipers, who proceeded into the dining-room, followed by four highlanders in kilts and tartan, who carried the historic haggis, which was enjoyed very much by some of the elder guests, the younger generation having not yet learned to appreciate the delicacy of this time-honored luxury. The telegraphic greetings from the numerous societies all over the United States and Canada were not read as formerly at supper, but they showed that though translated to a colder clime the poetic instinct of the Scottish nature has in now way suffered in Canadian soil. Greetings in verse came from the shores of the Pacific, from the Golden Gate of San Francisco, from the slopes of the great Rockies and from the Atlantic bound coast of New Brunswick, as well as from all the great cities of Brother Jonathan’ vast domain. The attractiveness of this ball was much increased by the first appearance of many charming young debutantes, who will add luster to the season in Montreal this winter.
Lady Hickson wore an exquisite gown, the train and bodice consisting of the most delicate shade of green silk, and the front of fine ecru lace caught down with bands of pale pink and green ribbons.
Lady Smith wore dark blue velvet trimmed with white lace, and diamond ornaments.
Mrs. John Cassils had on a very handsome gown of black silk trimmed with lace and turquoise embroidery.
Mrs. Colin Campbell had on a very tasteful gown of smoke tulle ornamented with garlands of pale pink rosebuds.
Mrs. Macmaster looked very charming in a trained gown of pale maize silk, and had magnificent diamond ornaments.
By the way, seldom has been seen in Montreal such an array of diamonds as
AT THE ST ANDREW’S BALL LAST NIGHT.
Mrs. McShane, whose gown was evidently Parisian, was dressed in white silk, with panels of embroidered pink roses set closely together, and her ornaments were also diamonds.
Miss Van Horne wore pale blue silk.
Miss Judah wore a gown particularly appropriate to the Scottish nature of the entertainment. It consisted of white satin, with a scarf of Royal Stuart tartan draped round the left shoulder and tied at the right side, and in her hair she wore a rosette of the Royal Stuart tartan ribbon.
Mrs. Elmenhorst looked charming in a gown of green brocaded satin, and carried a posy of white and deep red roses.
Amongst the debutantes, two of the most attractive were Miss Small, who wore white armure silk, trimmed with gold and turquoise beads, and Miss E Small, in white satin, trimmed with pearls.
Mrs. Small wore a very handsome gown of white brocaded satin embroidered in gold, with high Medici collar trimmed with Byzantine coins, and had round her neck a diamond necklace.
The gowns worn by Miss Abbott and Miss H Abbott were undoubtedly amongst the most beautiful in the room. The former consisted of white silk and chiffon heavily embroidered in gold, and trimmed with soft white feather trimming about the neck and edge of the skirt, and the latter wore rich smoke gray satin made with effective simplicity.
Miss Ethel bond looked very well in white satin, covered with gold colored spotted silk net trimmed with gold embroidery.
Miss Alice Mills had on a very dainty gown of pale pink silk, draped with white chiffon, and edged round the bodice and bottom of the skirt with pink roses.
Mrs. Maurice E Davis had on white satin with garlands of violets, and round her neck was an exquisitely fashioned necklace and pendant of pearls.
THE INVITED GUESTS
The following is the official list of the invited guests…..