Manitoba Free Press, 24 April 1888, page 4
St George’s Day
Englishmen Celebrate it by a Dinner at Clougher’s Restaurant.
The Englishmen of the city celebrated St George’s Day yesterday by a dinner at Clougher’s restaurant in the evening at which about forty five sat down. Among those present were Capt WH Adams president of the society in the chair. President Strang of the St Andrew’s Society, JH Ashdown, W Battye, HM Breedon, CJ Brydges, A Burrows, J Butters, GF Chamberlin, JJ Dobson, GA Downard, EI Drewry MPP, F Drewry, H Ferguson, G Fould, E Hamler, J Hanby, WS Harrison, Hebb R Horrel, HW Knight, P Langlois, J Medland, JG Moore, G McAllister, Dr Orion, Rev JW Blade, A Pearson, Rev EWS Pentreath, H Powell, C Stewart, RG Lutes, AT Timewell, RH Tudor, Mr Chappell, FH Turnock, CO Wickenden, J Wolf, RW Woodroof, J Wrigley, G Swan, and FA Wade.
The chairman read letters from Hon Messrs Thos Greenway, IM Jones and JW Taylor regretting their inability to attend. He then proposed “the Queen.” He said that, vast as was the territorial extent of the realms over which the Queen ruled, the hearts over which she ruled extended over a vaster area. The toast was received with the hearty singing of the National Anthem.
“The Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the royal family,” was neatly proposed by Mr J Wrigley and also received with enthusiasm.
“The Army, Navy and Volunteers, was proposed by Capt Adams. Looking back over the record of British arms there was no reason to be ashamed of the record of either the land or sea forces. They could look back with pride on their achievement. The result on all occasions where they had been brought into conflict with other nations, had always been to the credit of the English nation. The speaker referred to the achievements of the volunteer forces in this country in 1883 in suppressing the rebellion.
Notwithstanding his blushes, Mr TA Wade was forced to get upon his feet and respond to this toast. Mr Wade held a distinguished position in the “Home Guard” and he eloquently dwelt on the achievements of it and other Winnipeg battalions who took part in the suppression of the late unpleasantness.
Mr James Butters, as an old soldier who had gone through the Indian mutiny and had worn the uniform of the British soldier, also responded.
“The Clergy and Ministers of all Denominations” was proposed by Mr CJ Brydges, who said they were very much pleased having present with them their respected chaplain, Rev Mr Pentreath; – (applause) – and it considerably enhanced their pleasure to know that they would not lose them. (Renewed Applause). He hoped it would be a long time before they would have to part company with him. He also referred to the presence of the Rev Messrs Tudor and Page.
Mr Pentreath spoke of the good that the society did and expressed his regret that it was not given a more hearty support by the Englishmen of the city. Mr Tudor and Mr Page also expressed the pleasure it gave them to be present at the re-union of Englishmen.
“Our Native Land and the day we honor” was proposed by Capt Adams. Pride was inherent in the human race in all matters, but the pride of birth, the pride of nationality transcends all. As Englishmen that inherit that pride as much as any other nation, and here on St George’s Day they were present trying to celebrate the patron saint of England.
Mr E Hamber sang “Rolling Home to Dear Old England.”
Mr Jos Wolf proposed, “The Sister Societies.” He referred to the labors of the sister society in highly complimentary terms, speaking specially of the noble work done by St Andrew’s Society. The name of Mr Robert Strang, president of St Andrew’s Society, was coupled with the toast and he responded.
Mr JG Moore proposed “The Land We Live in” in very felicitous terms and it was neatly replied to by Mr Drewry.
Mr GH Downward sang “The Soldier’s Dream of Home.”
The ladies were championed by JJ Dobson, and the health of the president, Capt Adams was then proposed by Mr Ashdown, and enthusiastically toasted eliciting from him an eloquent reply.
The meeting broke up about midnight, a very enjoyable evening having been spent.