Montreal Gazette, 22 September 1880, page 2

The Irish Protestant Benevolent Society’s Picnic and Games

The Shamrock Lacrosse Grounds were well filled early in the day, yesterday, but the friends of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, despite the threatening and stormy appearance of the sky. The programme contained a large number of events, which had been so drawn up as to afford gratification to all classes of the community, and the only drawback to the complete success of the day, was its extreme length.  A description of the various contests would occupy more space that we can devote to it, and we simply summarise:

Croquet – Open to ladies only – Mrs James L Wisemen, 1st; Miss M Maltby, 2nd

Second game – Mrs H Horne, 2st; Miss L Horne, 2nd.

Quoits – A Tattersall, 1st; R Rowland, 2nd.

Mile Race (open) – John Raine 1st; DA Wood, 2nd; George Irving, 3rd.

Mile Race – Amateur – George Maclaine 1st, OK Patton, 2nd.

150 yards dash – Amateurs – W Blaiklock 1st, D Tees 2nd.

Boys Race – C Henderson, 1st, J Henderson, 2nd

Boys Race (Indian) – This was a very amusing race, a youngster rejoicing in the name of Peter coming in first, closely followed by a juvenile who claimed Paul as his name.

Half-mile, open to members of St Patrick’s Benefit Society only – P Kiernan 1st, – Doyle second.

Half-mile, open to members of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society- H Mooney 1st, DeCourcy Harnett 2nd, A Guest, 3rd.

Highland Fling, in costume – RP Niven 1st, AR Macdonald 2nd.

Irish Jig in costume- this was a very pretty exhibition, and required a good deal of discussion among the judges before a decision was reached. Grant took first prize, and Sullivan 2nd.

Sailor’s Hornpipe in costume – AR McDonald 1st; RP Niven 2nd.

Air Rifle competition – Sergt Millier, 19 points, 1st, SH Ward 17 points, 2nd.

Tug of war between 12 fresh-water sailors and 12 salt-water sailors- the fresh-water men proved themselves the more powerful team, winning two heats.

Lacrosse match

Was very interesting, some fine play being developed. The team of Indians who were pitted against the Shamrocks proved themselves worthy of their formidable antagonists, winning the first game after about twenty-five minutes of exciting play. The second game was taken by the Shamrocks in about five minutes, and the last game was called a draw, owing to a dispute which arose between two of the players.

The Indian Exhibit

Of national dances, marriage ceremonies, &c, proved a strong attraction, and the manner in which the “braves” howled and danced about was highly ludicrous.

The Military Competition

Was however, the most important event of the day, and the drilling of the four battalions which were [illegible] was a treat. Skirmishing drill, manual and platoon exercises were gone through in a manner which would have done credit to a regular troop.