Montreal Daily Star, 25 April 1898, page 2
St George’s Society
Annual dinner at the Carslake Saturday night
Presentation of portrait of late WD Stroud
Montreal representatives of the “The Merrie Men of England” did due honor to the memory of Albion’s chivalrous and immortal patron saint at the annual dinner of St George’s Society, which was held at the Carslake, Saturday night. The spacious dining room was specially draped for the occasion with the different national flags representing the component parts of the Empire, the Union Jack, of course, predominating.
In the absence in England of the President, Mr. Wm Nivin, the vice-president, Mr. E Goff Penny, MP, filled the chair; Mr. HA Hodgson, the vice-chair. To the right and left of the chair were Lieut-Col Stevenson, representing the Mayor of Montreal; Dr Kennedy, the St Patrick’s Society; Mr. JX Perreault, St Jean Baptiste, and Mr. JH Ferns, the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society of Montreal. Among others present were Messrs. AW Atwater, Joseph Richards, WE Smith, Hon JK Ward, FW Richards, James Harrison, HG Nivin, James Mitchell, CF Cowther, NC Trenholme, QC; CB Carter, QC; Capt. Clift, Joseph Hrosefall, AJ Whimbey, A Tattersal, Thomas Harling, RH Batholemew, PJ Illsley, EA Mumford, AI Rice, George McLeod and J Foole.
Ratto Bros.’ band discoursed music, and Mr. Illsley, organist during the singing portions of the programme.
After the discussing of a prime menu and the introductory loyal toasts having been duly disposed of, Mr. Tattersall vocally rendered “The Admiral’s Speech,” and the chairman called upon Mr. AW Atwater to propose “The Mayor of Montreal,” which he did in a happy manner, referring to Montreal as “The metropolitan city of the brightest gem of Britain’s world-wide Empire.”
Lieut-Col Stevenson, in replying for His Worship, excused his absence on the ground that he was now in New York, studying a new kind of pavement, which it was claimed would be an immense improvement on any now in use in Montreal. (Loud applause.) The Colonel felicitously referred to the many distinguished men who had occupied the position of president of St George’s during his own half century residence here, many of whom had also been distinguished in municipal and political spheres.
Mr. Bartholemew followed with a son, when “St George and Merrie England” was proposed by Mr. Hodgson and responded to in an interesting manner by Mr. Thomas Harling, who had carefully prepared some interesting statistics for the occasion. He pointed out that a nation of forty million people occupying 21 000 square miles of territory, had successfully established and largely colonized an empire of 280 millions population, now occupying nine millions of area of the earth’s surface, and constituting a realm far surpassing for peace, good government and general happiness and prosperity, anything the world had ever seen, or probably ever would see. He quoted Mr. Chamberain to show that during the last decade, while France’s colonial possessions had increased 10 per cent, and Germany 15 per cent, Greater Britain had increased by leaps and bounds 33 1-3 per cent, over her status of 10 years ago, and while not desiring further territory was also determined in Mr. Chamberlain’s words, that “what we have we’ll hold.”
The next toast, “The Mayors of Outlying parishes,” was proposed by Mr. Harrison and suitably responded to by Hon JK Ward; after which a song was rendered by Mr. Mumford, and a duet by Messrs Tattersall and Horsfall. An interesting feature of the proceedings at this point was the unveiling and presentation on behalf of the late WD Stroud, former president of the St George’s society. Hon JK Ward, in formally making the presentation, referred to the valuable services to the society and the community at large rendered by the much-lamented, deceased president.
“The Past Presidents” having been responded to by Mr. Richards, “The sister societies” by the delegates present, and “Almost friends” by Mr. Trenholme. Songs were rendered to the intervals by Messrs Rice, McLoed and Poole, and after “The Ladies” and “The Press” were duly honoured, a most enjoyable night’s entertainment was brought to a close just in time to avoid infringing on the new-born Sabbath morn.