Montreal Daily Star, 30 November 1898, page 3
St Andrew’s Ball
Elaborate preparations for to-night’s society event
Once more St Andrew’s day approaches and with it the time honored celebration of the St Andrew’s society, who have long indicated their claim to give the most successful public ball of the season. The whisper has gone about this year that the decorations are to be more lavish than ever before, which with the scarlet uniforms of the military men, picturesque Highland garb of the officers of the Royal Scots, and the magnificent toilettes of the ladies will make the scene a memorable one. Consequently the demand for seats in the gallery by those who through mourning or otherwise are unable to join the throng upon the floor has been almost greater than the supply and there are very few tickets left in the hands of the secretary.
The programme of dances has been carefully chosen and will be rendered by Quivron’s orchestra of twenty pieces, whilst the pipe-major of the society and his confreres will gather fresh laurels by the inspiring skirl of their pipes in the reels and strathspeys.
The supper of the most elaborate description will be a triumph of culinary and confectionary art the menu reflecting infinite credit on the chef of the Windsor. The society through the kindness of a distant friend have this year received a consignment of genuine short bread and oat cake from Glasgow, and the haggis with its stalwart supporters will make its usual imposing progress round the supper room to the music of the pipes.
The list of subscribers to date is larger than for many years past, and shows the keen interest taken by the elite of Montreal society in St Andrew’s ball.