Montreal Daily Star, 24 April 1900, page 10
Fittingly celebrated by a First Class concert
The Imperial spirit was much in evidence at the concert given in the Windsor Hall last evening under the auspices of theSt George’sSociety. It is many years since the celebration of the feast of the patron saint ofEnglandtook the form of a concert, and it was clearly evidenced last night that this form of celebration is a most popular one. The hall had been tastefully decorated with flags and national banners, chief amng them being, of course, those which bore the red cross of St George, although the green flag of Ireland and the St Andrew’s Cross of Scotland, together, with the Dominion ensign were given places of honour. The audience was a large, fashionable and representative one, all the nationalities inMontrealbeing represented either on the platform or among those in the body of the hall. Mr HA Hodgson, the president of theSt George’sSociety made an admirable president, and the programme was of a fitting patriotic character. From the singing of “God Save the Queen” at the opening of the concert to its repetition at the close, the evening was marked by a strong spirit of patriotism, which was much aided by the excellent manner in which Mr Harry Rees rendered “Rule Britannia” and “God Bless the Prince of Wales”. Miss Ruth Holt scored the success of the evening by her recitation of “The Defence of Lucknow,” “Play the Game,” and “Bobs,” her efforts arousing the audience to the wildest enthusiasm.
Mr. Barlow Cumberland of Toronto, supreme grand president of the Sons of England was down on the programme for an oration; instead he gave an eloquent fifteen minutes talk upon the process of development which is now going on in the British Empire, and his word picture of the scene at Paardeberg, when Canadians of all nationalities worked together hand in hand for the honour of the common flag, was most inspiring. Miss Ada Frances Wait pleased many with her soprano selections; Mr Miles R Bracewell ofNew Yorkdid justice to the old English songs; Mr FC Capon sang “The Englishman” in fine voice; and Rosario, the boy cellist, delighted everybody by his artistic work upon that wonderful instrument. A series of stereotypical views added to the pleasure of the evening.