Montreal Daily Star, 2 November 1897, page 4

Hallowe’en Concerts

Caledonians score another great success

Mr. Fraser, MP, talks to “Brither Scots.”

Miss Hollinshead’s very enjoyable concert.

“Land of my sires; what mortal hand

Can o’er untie the filial band

That knits me to thy rugged strand!”

So sang Scott’s “Ancient Minstrel”: and so sang and spoke the sons and daughters of Scotland, who took part in and attended the forty-second annual concert of the Montreal Caledonian Society, at the Windsor Hall last night.

There were no vacant seats either in gallery, body of the hall on the platform, where Mr. SS Bain, president of the Society, acted as chairman, flanked on right and left, respectively , by His Worship Mayor Wilson-Smith and DC Fraser, MP.  The guests, including the officers, etc., of other Scotch, of English and of Irish societies and ladies occupied seats of honor about the chairman, who opened proceedings with a neat speech, in which the Gordon Highlanders and their charge were not forgotten.  Preceding this and in time-honored style, Piper John Matheson sounded his stirring music, as the guests filed in and were seated, and changed to a livelier tune for the Scotch reel, with which the programme began.  The four dancers in Highland costume skillfully executed their pat of the entertainment.

The musical programme that followed was superb, while the recitations and songs of Mr. J Williams Macy were side-splitting.  The hearty enjoyment of the audience also extended to the Scotch dances executed skillfully and gracefully by Misses Fyfe and Smith and Masters Ross and Thorpe.  Miss Seath cleverly danced the Highland fling and responded to the warm encore with a strathspey.  Encores indeed, were the order of the evening, and not a single person who took part escaped a recall.  The keen enjoyment of the evening was on all sides apparent, for the vast audience kept their seats until 11:30 pm, and little inducement would have evidently been sufficient to make all hands sing “We won’t go home till the morning,” instead of “Auld Lang Syne” and the National anthem.  To sum up, the concert was a real treat; the performers were real artists and the audience were more than real well pleased. 

The enthusiasm evoked by Mr. Harold Jarvis’ “Highland toast” was a fitting accompaniment to its magnificent rendition, his grand voice ringing out in the final notes of the song in such a manner as to evoke the most delighted silence with as much facility as he wielded the bow across or ran his fingers up and down the strings of his violin.

The lady singers, Miss Ella Walker and Miss Mary Waldrum, of Toronto, were encored again and again.  It was a triumph for both of them.  Those present who had brother Scots or fellow-clansmen with the relief of Lucknow, could with pride appreciate the fulfillment of “Jessie’s Dream” sung by the talented Montreal songstress.  But who will deny that Miss Waldrum’s sweet and plaintive “Will he no come back again” did not equally touch the hearts of those whose “forebears” fought for the “lost cause” on the Field of Culloden, and were “out” with “Bonnie Charlie” in 1745?  Mr. Williams Macy is a very funny man.  He was one of the good things of the concert—that is, as good as anything non-Scotch could be to the people in the Windsor Hall, with their nostrils full of the scent of the heather, their ears full of Wallace and Bruce and Gordon Highlanders.  His “specimen reading class” seemed to call to mind some of Mr. Fraser’s old experiences, for the doughty member for inysboro was once a Dominie, and the big Nova Scotian laughed louder and longer even than the convulsed audience.  Mr. Macy’s song depicting the sea-sick couple was something quite wonderful as a mirth exciter.

Mr. DC Fraser’s address came in the middle of the programme.  As Mr. Bain explained, Sir Wilfrid Laurier, in pleading other engagements as a reason for not being present to deliver an address, recommended Mr. Fraser as “the best man” for this duty.  The member for Guyaboro paid a tribute to the industry, perseverance and general worth of Scotchmen, citing their early struggles and latter triumphs in the history of our Dominion.  Freedom and independence, he believed, were characteristics inborn of a people who gazed on lofty mountain peaks, on rushing streams, on the soaring birds of prey and fleet animals of chase.  The so-called economy—or “nearness”—of a Scotchman was, in most cases, due to that man’s efforts to place himself in an independent position.  With apt Gaelic quotations, Mr. Fraser illustrated his points, or pointed his remarks much to the delight of the older people present, who covered the strange tongue.  The excellent address of Mr. Fraser called forth a vote of thanks, moved by Mayor Wilson-Smith, and seconded by Mr. Macmaster.

The Mayor followed Mr. Fraser in a strain eulogistic of the Scotch people, who he believed were the chief export of Scotland, if another Scotch product of a “refreshing nature” were excepted.  Mr. Bittinger, United States Consul, added a few words, expressing his pleasure at being present, and testifying, amid great applause, to the worth of Scotchmen whom he knew in the United States.

The programme of the concert follows:

Entry of the President and guests, headed by Society’s pipers

Concert opens with a Scotch reel

Part 1

President’s remarks….. Sackville S Bain, Esq.

Viola Selections— Scottish Rhapsodia  [Mr. ~~~~~ Anderson]

Song—“Here’s a health, Bonnie Scotland, sa there” [Mr. William Ewing]

Song—“There grows a Bonnie brier ~~~” [Miss Mary Waldrum]

Humorous Recital—“Specimen Reading Class”  [Mr. J Williams Macey]

Dance, “Scotch Reel” Misses ~~~ Tyre, and ~~~ Smith;  Masters Joseph Ross and Albert Thorpe]

Song—“Jessie’s Dream”…… Miss Ella Walker

Address, DC Fraser, Esq., QC, MP, Guyaboro, NS

Part II

Song—“Scots wha hae”… Mr. Harold Jarvis

Song—“I’m owre young to marry yet”…. Miss Mary Waldrum

Dance—“Highland Fling”… Miss Pearl Seath

Song—“the Battle of Stirling Bridge” — Mr. Wm Ewing

Violin Selections…”Fantasia on Annie Laurie”  [Mr. Robert Anderson

Song “Auld Robin Gray”…. Miss Ella Walker

Humorous song—“Buzz, little Bee”…[Mr. J Williams Macey]

Song—“A Highlandman’s toast” ….Mr. Harold Jarvis

Auld Lang Syne and God Save the Queen, to which the audience joined.


The Hallowe’en concert given by Miss Hollinshead and a few of her musical friends in the lecture hall of the Dominion Square Methodist Church last evening was thoroughly enjoyed by a large and enthusiastic audience, that encored every number on the programme, Miss Hollinshead was down on the programme for four numbers, two songs and two duets, one with Mr. Roland Paul, the other with Mr. JD Ouellette. The favorite singer appeared to advantage in each number.  She has been in splendid voice the whole of this season, but the rich musical qualities of her voice, its wonderful flexibility and the singer’s artistic style of vocalization were especially noticeable last evening.  Miss Hollinshead completely entranced her audience by her rendering of de Koven’s familiar song, “My Hame is where the Heather blooms,” not a hand being silent as she concluded.  In her other numbers she was equally successful, Mr. JD Ouellette, a really talented baritone, whom concert-goers will hope to hear often during the season, rendered “Will o’ the wisp” and “the two Grenadiers” in a very effective manner.  A very enjoyable number on the programme was a flute solo by Mr. Hubert Baker, which was most enthusiastically encored.  Miss Louise Knight, a most promising young singer, sang “Bonnie Sweet Bessie, the Maid of Dundee” very sweetly, and Mr. Jas McCarry contributed a very entertaining recitation.  The accompaniments were played with marked artistic effect by Mr. James H Campbell, who also contributed a couple of brilliantly executed pianoforte solos to the programme.


The Young Irishmen’s Literary and Benevolent Association held its Hallowe’en jollities last night, pleasantly assisted by a lively and well filled house.  The chairman, president MJJ McLean, had provided for the occasion a programme of real entertaining merit, consisting of instrumental and vocal selections and recitations.  Amateur theatricals were also among the pleasant features of the evening.  “Limerick Boy,” a one-act farce of Irish life, being interpreted by Hibernia’s sons in a manner to bring forth great applause.  Dancing after the close of the programme formed the finale to a most enjoyable evening.  The following ladies and gentlemen were among those present: Messrs TJ Grant, JJ Foley, James S McCarrey, JJ McDean, JP McLean, Pf S McCaffrey, McCrae, Lyons, GF Jones, FJ Gallagher, Miss Lang, Miss E Grant, Wm Clarke, Miss Mabel Kitts, Willie Kitts, MJ Power and Jno Kenneally.