Montreal Daily Star, 1 November 1892, page 5
A Packed house at Windsor Hall Last Night.
Another Hallowe’en has come and gone, and the thirty-seventh annual concert has been held, scoring another unqualified success to the credit of the Caledonian Society. By Saturday last, all the seats had been disposed of, and when the doors of the Windsor Hall were opened last evening, “Standing room only” was the announcement that met those who had not taken time by the forelock. At half-past seven the lobby was well filled with those anxious for even standing room. By eight o’clock it was a jam and when the clerk began to sell standing room at twenty minutes past eight, those who secured the tickets could scarcely get out of the crowd. The preliminary flourish of the bagpipes announced the arrival of the President and guests, and headed by the Pipe-Major Mathieson the procession filed on to the platform. Among the guests were Mayor McShane, Mr. JJ Curran, MP, the Rev J Edgar Hill, BD, Col Stevenson, the Rev James Barclay, DD, WW Ogilvie and SC Stevenson. After a few remarks by the president, Mr. JM Campbell, in which the objects of the Society were stated and a feeling reference made to the untimely death of Mr. William McLennan, whose name was on the programme, a quartette. “The March of the Cameron Men,” by Misses Asher and MacFarlane, Messrs McBride and Kinaiburgh, was sung. This was all that was necessary to raise the enthusiasm of the Scottish audience, and this and every other number in the first part of the programme was loudly encored. This was one of the best items of the evening and was received better than the quartette in the second part, “Thou Bonnie Wood o’ Craigieles” Miss Nellie Asher, the soprano, sang several solos, notably “Coming Through the Rye,” in fine style. Her voice is very sweet and the upper register is exceptionally clear. Dressed in the pink bodice, short skirt and blue apron, with the creel upon her back, Miss Mabel Munro sang, “Caller Herrin” in a charming manner. “Angus MacDonald” and “Douglas Gordon” were Miss Alice McFarlane’s selections. Mr. Hector McBride was heard at his best in “Hame” a song of his own composition. The sad pathos of “Scotland My Hame,” as interpreted by Mr. WW Kinniburgh, brought tears to may eyes, while “Burns” address to a haggis, recited by Mr. Dave Patterson, turned the tears into laughter. Mr. Scott Scanner as a master of the violin, fully ~~~~~~to the title of Nell ~~~~~~. Messrs ~~~~ and McRae ~~~ the pipes ~~~ to Mr. William ~~~~~~~~~~~~ of the Caledonian Choir served the careful training of Mr. SS Bain. At the close of the concert, Mr. Curran, on behalf of the ~~~ recognized the Society and their entertainment.