Montreal Daily Star, 1 December 1880, page 1

St Andrew’s Day

Annual Gathering of the Clans – The sermon in Craig Street Church mirth and music at the Windsor

Our Scottish friends were [illegible] at an early hour yesterday, preparing for the proper celebration of the anniversary of their patron saint.  More than one aged wanderer from the

“Land of brown heath and shaggy wood,

Land of the mountain and the good”

Sported the purple heather, and doubtless felt at least two inches taller than on the preceding day.  Why not?

Caledonian Society

The annual meeting of the Caledonian society was held in the lecture room of the Crescent Street Church, at 2 o’clock.  The President, Mr Thos Robins, occupied the chair.

After routine business, it was

Moved by Mr Wm Angus, seconded by Mr James Wright, and unanimously resolved, “That the sum of $100 be donated to the charitable fund of the St Andrew’s Society.”

It was then resolved on motion of Mr P Fulton, seconded by Mr J Wright, “That the President, Mr Thos Robins, and the Secretary, Mr J Hood, be a deputation to present the amount at the St Andrew’s Society meeting.”

St Andrew’s Society

This Society met immediately after the Caledonian Society adjourned, when the installation of officers recently elected tool place.

In reference to a sum of £34 13s 6d Canadian currency, handed to the Society some twenty-five years ago, on the death by drowning of a Scotchman named Gilchrist, it was reported that the amount, with interest, in all, $334.62, has been made over to the heirs of the deceased, who have attained their majority.

The deputation from the Caledonian Society to acquaint the meeting with the resolution of that Society, voting the amount of $100 to the charitable fund of the St Andrew’s Society, was received, and a vote of thanks passed.

The two societies then met and adjourned to the Crescent Street church, where

The Annual Sermon

Was preached by Rev AB Mackay.  The Rev gentleman took as the basis of his address the character of the Apostle Andrew as set forth in St John’s Gospel.  He admitted that it was sometimes difficult to find a suitable subject for a special occasion, but their subject stared them in the face that afternoon; what could be more appropriate at a meeting of St Andrew’s Society on St Andrew’s day than to direct their attention to the character of St Andrew.  There are, he proceeded, a great many traditions about Andrew. He is the patron Saint of Russia as well as of Scotland. But those are mere cobwebs of the dark ages, and we will go back to the fountain head and see what the Bible says about Andrew, and seek to imitate him. There are few characters more worthy of imitation. The first characteristic we notice in him is that he put himself in the way of getting good.  There was a great movement in connection with the preaching of John the Baptist, and amongst those who went to hear the rough preacher was Andrew; who, however, was not like the fickle crowd, but became one of John’s disciples, and stuck to him through thick and thin. The Scotch people as a whole imitate St Andrew in this. They are pre-eminently a Sabbath keeping people. Like Andrew, Scotchmen are noted, all the world over, for their particularity, clinging to the faith which they have inherited from their forefathers. But Andrew did something better than follow John, who was only “a voice crying in the wilderness” a finger post pointing to the Lamb of God.  As John cried “behold the Lamb of God” Andrew left John  and followed Jesus. We should imitate Andrew in this also. A great company of Scotchmen follow Andrew when he merely puts himself in the way of getting good, but that company became much smaller when Andrew follows the Lord Jesus Christ, and takes Him for his Saviour.  Scotchmen are great seekers. Here they are in Canada; they are in India, and all over the world, doing the world’s rough work, and sometimes governing the world, seeking glory and happiness.  Andrew teaches us to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, when all other things will be added to us.  Jesus had his eye upon Andrew, and when he saw him following Him, He said: “What seek ye!” Andrew answered, “Master, where dwellest thou!” when Jesus gave the wonderful invitation to the fisherman Andrew from the Son of the Highest to dwell with Him, and to get a solution of the difficulties that beset his soul.  Jesus receives every true seeker in like manner today. We have heard of the ,” philosopher who ran through the streets, crying “Eureka, Eureka, I have found it;” but how much more blessed are those who, like Andrew, can say, “We have found the Messiah”.  Then Andrew confessed the truth. Having found the Messiah, he went and told others, and was the honored instrument of bringing his brother, Simon Peter to Christ. The reverend gentleman referred in proud terms to men like Rutherford, Knox, Chalmers, Livingstone and Duff, who had rendered Scotland famous throughout the world.  He alluded in eloquent terms to Scotland’s many glories and precious memories, and concluded by expressing the hope that all the families represented in that Church would meet in unbroken ranks around the throne of God.

The Ball

The annual ball took place at the Windsor Hotel, and was very successful.  Among the company were a number of the officers of the Fifth (Royal Scots) Fusiliers in full Highland uniform, as well as those of some of the other battalions. Shortly after nine o’clock the President of the Society, with the invited guests, preceded by the pipers of the Fifth (Royal Scots) Fusiliers, entered the ball-room, where Terpsichore ruled supreme. The music was provided by Gruenwald’s orchestra, and consisted mostly of a number of favourite Scotch airs. There were present about one hundred and fifty guests. Some of the costumes were particularly striking, and much taste was displayed in all.  An interesting feature in the ball-room was the national dances which were performed very artistically.  Shortly after midnight the supper-room was sought and the menu served in the “Windsor’s” best style. During the supper several toasts were proposed, and afterwards the dancing was resumed and the majority of the fair belles and their gallant Lotharios “danced and danced away” until the “wee sma hours” when they dispersed. The invited guests were: His Worship Mayor Rivard; Edward Rawlings, President St George’s Society, and lady; Thomas Robin, President Caledonian Society; Hon TJ Loranger, President Jean Baptiste Society; FB McNamee, President St Patrick’s Society; John H Mooney, Irish Protestant Benevolent Society; Wm Wilson, St Patrick’s National Society; WC Munderloch, German Societyl; and Mr WJ Ingram of the St Andrew’s Society of New York.

The Day Elsewhere

Quebec – Flags were to-day hoisted on the Parliament House and several of the main buildings, in honor of St Andrew’s Day.  The anniversary sermon of the St Andrew’s Society was preached to-night by Rev Dr Cook.

Toronto- The St Andrew’s Society celebrated the day by a dinner at the Queen’s this evening. There was a large attendance.

Ottawa- St Andrew’s Day was observed by the members of the Society attending services in St Andrew’s Church, whom the annual sermon was preached by the Chaplain of the Society, Rev FW Farries from the 5th and 6th verses of the 137th Psalm.  There was a good turn-out of brethren.  This evening a grand concert in the Opera House is well attended.  At the conclusion of the concert of the officers of the Society were entertained by the President, Mr Sanford Fleming a the Rideau Club.

Halifax- To-day being St Andrew’s Day was a civic holiday.  The North British Society had their annual dinner at the Halifax Hotel to-night about eighty being present, among whom were Lieut-Governor Archibald and Chief Justice Sir William Young.

St John- St Andrew’s Day was observed by a supper at the Park Hotel to-night by St Andrew’s Society, and in like manner by the society at Fredericton, NB.

New York- St Andrew’s Society of the State of New York held their annual dinner to-night at Delmonicos.  Letters of regret were received from the Marquis of Lorne, General Grant, and Sir Edward Thornton, the British Minister.