Montreal Daily Star, 1 December 1900, page 20

FROM BROTHER SCOTS

Greetings received last night from all over the continent

United States Scotchmen

Remembered Montreal Brethren – An invitation received from Chicago

In connection with St Andrew’s Day the following congratulatory telegrams were exchanged yesterday between the local St Andrew’s Society and sister societies in Canada and the United States.

OUT OF THE WEST

From Vancouver-

“Frae a the airts the win’ can blaw, may the bairns of bonnie Scotland clasp closer the grip o’ friendship, this blithe St Andrew’s nicht, for auld lang syne.”

Reply-

“Here’s oor hand my trusty frien’

Stands Scotland where she did?

Aye and twice as more”

From Rat Portage-

“Let Whig an’ Tory a’ agree tae spend the nicht wi’ mirth an’ glee.  We’ve lashins o’ Hielan whiskey and a braw haggis.  May the moose ne’er leave yer meal pock wi; tear in its ee and a pain in its wame.

Reply-

Richgt couthily we wish ye weel,

Ye need neither caulk nor keel

Tae tell just whar’ ye cam’ irne

From Nelson BC-

Happy are we a’ the gather

Happy are we ane and a’

Time will see us a blyther

Ere we rise tae gang awa’

Reply-

“It’s no ilka nicht

That guid Scots meet the gather

It’s no ilka land

They dare aye ca’ their aim

On St Andrew’s glad nicht

They’re sure to forgether

And mak every land

For the moment their ain

DOWN BY THE SEA

From St John, NB-

Wi’ pilroch, sange, strathspey or reel,

May ye spend the nicht fu’ blithely, O

Reply-

Oor youth and beauty this nicht meet,

To chase the hours wi’ flying feet

In honour o’ St Andrew

From Quebec-

To-night we meet for auld lang syne

Once more our greetings to renew

To pledge again those absent friends

Our brither Scots

Reply-

Fair fa’ the licht

That shines sae bricht

This merry night

On Scots wha roose

Their neither deer

From Fredericton-

“Bold, independent, unconquered and free

Brave Caledonia immortal must be”

Reply-

“The deil rock him in a cradle

That doesna wish Auld Scotia weel.”

AMERICAN SCOTCHMEN

From Milwaukee-

“While roon’ our board we wire ye; unco weel Montreal’s kitty lads are here in sang an’ reel.”

Reply-

Milwaukee Scots! May ye wear yer faither’s bannets.

THE PRAIRIES OF THE WEST

From Winnipeg-

Jock Tampson’s bairns, a jovial crew,

Hae set themsels doon here to brew

A wee drap toddy, wi the view

Joined in by all

O toasting ye oor friens sae true

In Montreal

May yer haggis be hot and lashesn o

Reply-

Ye wastlin’ chiels we’re glad to gree thee,

May a’ we wish ye ever beet ye

Tae roose the lan’ we love

RIP VAN WINKLES LAND

From Albany, NY-

Fraternal greetings from the brethren in Albany.  May every returning anniversary of Scotsman’s day be a stimulus to every member of St Andrew of purer love for Motherland, with all the hallowed associations connected therewith.

Reply-

Brither Scots across the Line

This nicht we thing it unes fine

Wi’ you in hearty glee to join

In honour o’ Auld Scotia

TORONTO AND OTTAWA

From Toronto-

The St Andrew’s Society of Toronto send you hearty greetings and their best wishes for a happy and successful celebration of St Andrew’s day.

Reply-

QueenCity lads! Rejoice fu’ canty

For muckle hae ye tae be thankfu’

And aiblins hardly mair than ye

Can ca’ wi’ pride Auld Scotia hame

From Ottawa-

Fraternal greetings to our fellow-countrymen of Montreal.  May peace and plenty be the lot of ilka kindly brither Scot.

Reply-

Oor hearts are wi’ ye’ Bytown chiels.  Ye’ve had yer fire: noo the fire hands you to roos auld Scotia.

THE ROYALCITY

From Guelph-

Big Montreal, ye sent Transvaal

Yer ladies o’er the sea

They a’ fought well wi’ gun and steel

We a are prood wi’ ye

Reply-

They come- oor lads frae the stony veldt

They come flushed wi’ martial glory

Tae Scotia;s name have they added fame

To live in Canadian story.

FRAE GLENGARRY

From Alexandria-

Sae lang for Strathspey reel and fling

As pipes gar rafters dirl

Sae lang will Scotia’s bairnes true

Cleck oouthie tae their mither

Reply-

The land that has struggled for freedom with Bruce

Shall heroes and patriots ever produce

FROM KINGSTON

We extend a hearty hand-grasp, and join us and brither Scots the world o’er in celebrating the day and a’ wha honour it

Reply-

Tae you we rax a burning hand

And with you every brither band

Wha celebrate St Andrew

FROM CORNWALL

Is there that bears the name of Scot

But feels his heart’s blood rising hot

To toast his guid auld mither

Reply-

Ye’ve struck the key that thrills our heart

This nicht we join to dae oor pairt

Wi’ Scotsmen a’ the world o’er

To toast his guid auld mither

THE WINDY CITY

From Chicago a letter was received inviting the President of the local society to the 55th Annual dinner of the Chicago society.

In reply the following was sent:

Richt glad are we to greet ye

Richt glad prood we’d be tae meet ye

At festive board to join ye

In honour of the day

Montreal Daily Star, 1 December 1900, page 20

SCOTS AND THEIR DAY

How it was celebrated in the various cities throughout Canada

With concerts and dinners

There was a touch of khaki in the colouring at the Toronto celebration

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