Montreal Gazette, 25 May 1858, page 2
THE QUEEN’S BIRTH DAY—yesterday was the Queen’s Birth-day. It was generally observed as a holiday in this city, and we believe in the country also generally. Both Houses of Parliament adjourned. All the Banks were closed, and so were most places of business. Flags of various kinds were displayed all over the city and by the shipping in the harbour.
At noon a Review of the Military and Militia force in the city took place at Logan’s Farm. Considering the inclementcy of the weather, an immense concourse went to witness it. Some of the streets in the vicinity were fairly jammed with carriages, some of which we regret to say, were broken down, but we have not heard that any persons were injured. The roads were very bad. Both Regulars and militia made a very fine appearance. The last in every way merited the praise which has often been bestowed upon them in these columns. They are a fine body of men, and show their drill to their advantage. In the first place the whole force formed into line and fired a “feu de joie”. They afterwards went through a number of evolutions.
The Fire Brigade was reviewed on the Champ de Mars. It also made its usual good appearance. Afterwards the companies marched through the streets with bands and banners. On the Champ de Mars they were addressed by the Mayor in French and English, also by Ald Bronsdon. They were highly complimented by both.
In every way, the respect shown for the Crown yesterday was the best proof of the loyalty of the people. To them we might almost apply the French phrase, “more loyal than the king.” And there is much that is natural in this, as Dr Mackay will explained at the public breakfast given to him the other day. Men in this country love the old land, the land of their fathers, of
“the stirring innovation of a thousand years.”
They love also its institutions, for which they show their respect in demonstrations of loyalty to the Crown; and they love the Queen for her own sake, for the sake of the many virtues she has displayed in her home and on the throne. The name of Victoria is convertible with gentle sway and free institutions. Long may she live!