Montreal Gazette, 30 September 1843, page 2
Athletic Games

Second Day

The weather was still more favourable this day than on yesterday, and the sports commenced with—

Steeple race, over 4 feet hurdles, 200 yards – Won by Ed. Lamontagne; second Aug. Lamontagne. Six competitors started.

Quoiting – Won by J McNider; second E Hagan. 10 competitors.

Short foot-racer, 120 yards – Won by F Lamontagne; second A Lamontagne; third E Courselle. 15 competitors.

Pulling heavy ball (24 lbs) – Won by Captain Young: distance thrown, 25 feet 9 inches. Second Mr Casey, 10 competitors.

Running hop step and leap- Won by M Ryan, distance 33 feet 2 inches. Six competitors.

Standing hop, step and leap – Won by Mr Ryan, 25 feet. Eleven competitors.

Long foot-race (one mile) Won by Osetakets (Indian); second Tatieshensers (do); third Aneratenhoe (do). Eleven competitors.

Wrestling, collar and elbow – take by Escott (without contest).

The running in the short foot-race was very fine; and the short hurdle-race was won by Mr Lamontagne, in a manner that would do credit to any sporting district, even in the old country. In the long foot-race, the Indians left all the competition far behind; but probably the chief sport of the day was the playing of the Indian national game of Lacrosse, by a number of young Indians, and some young gentlemen who joined them. It is, undoubtedly, the most beautiful game of the kind we have ever seen; and the activity, grace, swiftness, and strength displayed by the players equally delighted and astonished us. Besides the game mentioned above, there was a pig-race, in which a soldier was the winner; and the victor in the wrestling prize having walked off so easily with his booty, a private match was got up in which the champion, a big man, was beaten, with all the ease in the world by a little Dutch-built Irishman, of the name of O’Connor. There was another wrestling match between two soldiers, but it created no sport. With this last, the amusement of the day ended. We may as well mention here, that Captain Young, the winner of the prize for the heavy ball, handsomely gave it up to the Committee.

We regret that, not withstanding the fineness of the weather, the attendance was not so great as might have been expected. We trust, however, that the gentlemen who so strenuously exerted themselves to get up the present games will not be disconcerted, but persevere in their praise worthy undertaking of introducing these good old healthy amusements of our fathers among us. That they will both continue their exertion and meet with final success we feel persuaded. We cannot close these few remarks without mentioning the Secretary, Mr Myers Solomons, whose activity, good humour, firmness, and love of fair play were so conspicuous throughout the continuance of the games; and whose zeal and attention were so instrumental in getting them up.

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