Montreal Daily Star, 16 March 1893, page 2
Loyalty to Britain Forcibly Expressed
Traitors denounced in unmeasured terms- Canada as an integral part of the Empire- next year’s executive
The festive portion of the annual meeting of the Supreme Grand Lodge, Sons of England Benevolent Society, was carried out last evening by a banquet at the St. Lawrence Hall, some two hundred sitting down, under the presidency of Bro. BT Sellars, DDGP of No 1 District, Montreal. The guests entered the dining room to the strains of “Rule Britannia” by the Sons of England Band. The menu fully sustained the reputation which the St Lawrence Hall has attained for its cuisine, and the tables were adorned with hothouse plants in profusion, the rose being a prominent feature. The Union Jack and other emblems dear to Old England, including a handsome oil painting of England’s Queen, also formed part of the decorations. The chairman, Bro. Sellars, was supported on either hand by Bro WR Stroud, Supreme Grand President; Bro T Elliot, Supreme Grand President elect; Mr. Edgar Judge, Ald Stevenson, Mr. William Galbraith, Provincial Grand Master of the Orange Order in Quebec; Bros TS Skippon, Dr SB Pollard, JC Swait, R Ivens, Dr JS King, and R Caddick, Past Grand Presidents; Bro B Hinchcliffe, Supreme Grand Treasurer; Bro WH Clarke, Grand Chaplain; Bro JW Carter, Supreme Grand Secretary; and Bro Ald Thompson. The vice-chairman were [sic] Bro CH Beckett, DDGP, Bro GI Richardson and Bro JA Edwards, Supreme Grand Vice-President elect.
After dinner the loyal toasts of “The Queen,” “The Prince and Princess of Wales and Royal Family,” and “The Governor General of Canada” were duly proposed and loyally honored.
The chairman then proposed the “Army, Navy and Volunteers,” and Bro JA Edwards, in responding for the Army, said he was proud to be present at such a gathering. He had worn Her Majesty’s uniform since 1855, and he hoped to wear it many years longer, and he gave an interesting account of the achievements of the British soldier in bygone engagements, and remarked that he would always be found ready to defend his country and his country’s interests. Bro H Wadge replied for the Navy.
“England” was the next toast, and Mr. Edgar Judge replied. He recalled personal memories of the old land in which he was born, in which he had not set foot for nearly thirty years, and asked where was the Englishmen who would sell his birthright, who would sever himself from the country from which he sprang, who would hand over this Canada which was now their home, and an integral portion of the British Empire, to do allegiance to a foreign Government. Was there one here to-night! (Cries of “no, no.”) He was a mongrel Englishman; he did not care whether his name was Goldwin Smith or not- who would plot to rob his Queen, who would plot to sever this Canada from the British Crown to which they owed allegiance and reverence. For himself it was enough for him to re-echo the sentiments of the grand old man whom they had just lost. “A British subject I was born, a British subject I will die.” [Sir John A Macdonald]
Bro. R Caddick, an old Montreal resident of twenty years ago, and Bro WM Hammersley also responded.
“Canada our Home” was royally received. Dr JS King, in responding, said he was proud to be a Canadian, of home manufacture, and dropping into poetry said that:
Though English, Scotch, Irish, French or Pole,
Canadian is the name we give the whole,
Save those I blush to own that such there be,
Who urge our union with our enemy.
These I call traitors, and shall call them so,
Until a fitter name is coined below;
Then hail, all hail, my own Canadian land.
Fair and forever, may thy beauties bloom.
If Tories rule, and they be true to thee,
I’ll cry, Amen and call it destiny;
If Grits bear sway, and they to thee be true,
I’ll cry Amen, and bow submissive too,
But if a traitor seize the helm of state,
Whatever his name or station, death’s his fate,
For here my heart is pledged, my hand is thy defence,
My own, my native land.
Whether they were Canadians by birth or by adoption, they had reason to be proud of this country, which stretched from the Atlantic to the Pacific and from the imaginary boundary line to the south of us almost to the North Pole. Canada had the finest fresh water lake system, the most magnificent rivers, a great international railway highway, coal beds in the west and coal beds in the east, the most productive land to be found in any county, the most precious and valuable minerals illimitable in extent and incalculable in value, resources, in fact, unequalled. We had a country free from pestilence, free from famine, free from all that tends to desolate and distress humanity. Even in the old land they had no such freedom as we possess in this Canada of ours, and while we would not take second place to any one in reverence to that Mother Country which gave this thriving young Dominion birth, we must not forget our courts of justice, our invaluable privileges of education were of the freest and most stable character. We could serve our God as our conscience dictated,
UNMOLESTED AND UNDISTURBED
“The Supreme Grand Lodge” brought forth a reply from Bro WR Stroud, Supreme Grand President, who referred to the great progress which the Order had made and emphasized the fact that the Sons of England had no traitors in their ranks; if there were, they were certainly not at home. He spoke of the inherent principles of the Order, and hoped that his successor would be more successful in promoting its interests than he had been.
Bro Thos. Elliot, Supreme Grand President elect, hoped that the Order, instead of being 13,000 strong would soon reach 50,000 at least.
Bro. Colonel Prior, MP, was to have responded to the toast of the “House of Commons,” and Mr. WW Ogilvie, president of the Montreal Board of Trade, to that of the “Commercial and Manufacturing Interests,” but both were unavoidably absent.
Ald AA Stevenson made a happy speech in responding to the toast of the “Mayor and Corporation,” and extended to them a City Father’s blessing. As a Scotchman, he would say that Scots would not yield to Englishmen in fidelity to the British flag. They wanted no Goldwin or Smiths or Disastrous Wimans.
“Sister societies” was replied to by Mr.