Montreal Daily Star, 31 October 1891, page 12
Scotch gathering at Windsor Hall
The Caledonian Society furnishes its annual entertainment- next week’s amusements
Hallowe’en is a truly Scottish festival. It has all along fallen to the Caledonian Society to provide a suitable entertainment for the proper celebration of Hallowe’en in Montreal, and it is now looked upon as one of the events of the day and heartily welcomed year after year. Among their staunch patrons are to be found all classes of the citizens of Montreal. Last night’s celebration was a success in every respect, both musically and in attendance, the Windsor Hall being filled. When the curtains were thrown aside Pipers Mathieson, Clarke and McInnes, led the way and the presidents of the society, Mr SC Stevenson, Mr JJ Curran, QC, MP, Mr F Stancliffe, Ald Stevenson, Mr Wm Angus, Baillie Stuart, of Inverness, Scotland, Mr C Black, Mr JM Campbell, Mr Jas Harper, Mr Wm Rutherford, jr, Mr Geo W Adams. Hon. Secretary and others took their seats upon the platform. Then Mr Stevenson briefly, but warmly, welcomed all and trusted they would enjoy the evening.
The Society’s choir, under Mr SS Bain, sang “Hail to the Chief” in a stirring and inspiring manner. The choir was heard to even better advantage in “Ae fond kiss,” in which the parts were better balanced, and the effects and finish were indeed creditable. Miss Shirreff has a pleasing appearance and a pleasing voice and sang with acceptance. She gave a sympathetic rendering of “Afton water”. The Commonwealth Glee Singers are new to Montreal, but will be given a hearty welcome should they ever return. Three of their number, Messrs Spears Hunter and Scamman sang solos acceptably. Mrs Ennis sang her numbers in a pleasing and sweet tone. Mr Ed H Frye, as a humorist, kept the large audience in fits of laughter while he was on the platform with his characteristic sketches. Mr SS Bain is already well known to Montreal. He sang last night in fine voice and raised the enthusiasm of his hearers by the spirited rendering of his songs. The dancing of Misses Bella and Mabel Reid was clean and neat, and was duly appreciated, like everything else on the programme. Perhaps the most enjoyable event of the evening was the address of Baillie Stuart, of Inverness, Scotland. He dwelt at some length, but in an interesting manner, on the “Highlander at Home.” He referred to their peculiar traits of character and language, and their rich and deep sense of humor, which, he said, the English did not usually appreciate. He told many happy and humorous anecdotes and illustrated his remarks with several songs. The Old World life in the Highlands was giving way to modern ideas, but withal the Highlander would still retain his old characteristics. The singing of Auld Lang Syne and God Save the Queen terminated an enjoyable programme.