Montreal Daily Star, 27 June 1898, page 10
The ’98 Centenary
Montreal Irishmen fittingly honor the heroes of the past
With parade and speech-making.
Heavy showers during the day prevented as large a turn-out as had been arranged for.
The ’98 Celebration yesterday by the various Irish societies of the city and elsewhere was, in spite of the showery nature of the weather, a great success. No doubt, had the day been fine, the demonstration would have assumed greater proportions, but as it was certainly a credit to those who planned it and carried it out in the face of many difficulties. The procession was a large one and but a few incidents happened to mar its progress through the streets of the city. Of exceptional interest was the harmonious blending of the orange and the green, around which have centred many of the animosities of the past. Yesterday the din of strife and controversy was hushed, and it was certainly a pleasing sight to see Irish Catholics and Irish Protestants walking side by side, each with a combination of the above colors pinned to his breast.
The speeches at the Exhibition Grounds were as a rule, brilliant efforts, and however, the hearer might differ from the views of one of the speakers, he could not be otherwise than pleased at the eloquence and brilliancy of the addresses.
The start was made by the Police Band, who marched to the old Haymarket square sharp on time. A downpour of rain broke them up, and alone the returned to St Anthony’s Young Men’s Association Rooms, St Antoine Street. The crowd itself did not gather until fully two hours later. Had it been a fine day it was expected that fully ten thousand people would have been seen in procession, but the uncertainty of the weather kept thousands away who had intended to participate. As it was, only about three thousand took part.
Under the circumstances the procession was a notable one and a credit to the organizations in charge. Perhaps the most interesting innovation in this parade was the mutual intertwining of the orange and green. The blending of the two colors from all points of views was effective.
After forming in their respective positions on the square, the procession, headed by the chief marshal, attended by his mounted aids in green and gold uniform, moved down William Street. Immediately behind were the Hibernian Knights, of Montreal, 23 strong, with dark green uniforms, with green and white plumed helmets. Following these came the Hibernian Knights, of Portland, 32 strong, with dark green uniforms and drawn swords. They looked well, and with bands and streamers the procession had a bright appearance.
All along the route, notwithstanding the ominous weather, the sidewalks were crowded with people. At the corner of McGill and Notre Dame street the rain descended in torrents. Those of the paraders who were not provided with umbrellas scrambled for shelter, and by the time a re-formation was attempted their
Kingston, Portland, Toronto and Quebec, were the largest on the route.
The St Patrick’s Society, with the visitors from Quebec and Portland, also made a creditable display.
The rain naturally prevented the attendance of several of the societies. Among those who paraded, however, were:
Marshal-in-chief, P O’Brien, with marshal, No 1 Division AOH, A Dundon; No 2 AOH, F Heeney; No 3, J Kennedy; No 4, J Dean; No 5, Fd Farrall; St Anthony’s Young Men, S Sinclair; Kingston YICBA Branch 483, K Milne; St Ann’s Young men, J Hughes and M Deehan; AOH Quebec, John Nolan; Centenary, Quebec, NM Delaney; YI, 1st Div. Owen Milloy and Thos. Grant; YL
Mended early ~~~. No section was ~eched, but several melodies by Moore were rendered by the choir orchestra, led by Prof Fowler.
The delegation of sailors from the ships in the harbor frequently evoked much applause.
The silk American flag carried by the AOH from Portland, was a feature of the procession.
The fancy marching of the Hibernians was very good indeed, enhanced as it was by their drawn swords and neat uniforms. W~in passing Victoria Square they were in the form of a cross.
The Montreal Hibernians entertained their visiting brethren, most of whom have already left the city, last night. A fair estimate of the numbers of delegates from the different places in Canada and the New England states, is as follows: 200 from Kingston, 300 from Quebec, 100 from Sherbrooke, 400 from Portland, Maine; 150 from Ottawa, 300 from Gananoque, 100 from Stratford. In addition, each one of these places sent from one to three hundred visitors, not Hibernians. The Montreal AOH divisions numbered 100 including 50 uniformed knights, and Portland also contributed about 50 knights in uniform.
A convention is to be held to-day in Trenton, NJ, and many of the visitors left for that place last night. W Raleigh, F Raleigh, and TM Smith of Montreal and Ald Reynolds of Quebec also went as delegates.
AT EXHIBITION GROUNDS
The Exhibition grounds, where the speechmaking was to take place, was reached shortly before five o’clock. Here a large crowd gathered, the western half of the grand stand being well filled. The following gentlemen occupied seats on the platform: Acting Mayor Daniel Gallery, Hon Judge Curran, Judge Doherty, MJF Quinn, QC, MP, Dr Guerin, Ald Kinsella, Mr. Edward Guerin, Dr Devlin, Mr. Edward Halley, Mr. J Grattan
Ed that the spirit that actuated their forefathers still lived in their hearts. The resolutions, which he intended to move, would give every Irishman present a chance to show the feelings they entertained towards their mother country. One hundred years ago, the whole civilized world was in a state of upheaval. People in all countries were struggling for political and religious liberty. The United States had established her independence. France had been shaken to its very foundations by rebellion, as were also Austria and Italy. Was it any wonder, therefore, that the Irish people could withstand that wave of liberty? It was very well to speak of the uprising of 1798 as a rebellion, but it was nothing more or less than the spontaneous outburst of souls crying to Heaven for liberty. It was one