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24th of May, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Gazette, 23 May 1877, page 3


The Queen, God Bless Her- What to do, where to go, and how to celebrate on Her Birthday – in the city and out of the city

With the sweep of time the Queen’s Birthday comes again and will be, as it has always been, welcomed right loyally throughout the Dominion, but in no place with more spontaneity than in our own city.  The Mayor has issued the proclamation for a general holiday, and the question now on the tongue of everyone is, “where to go on the 24th?” Below we give a few of the principal events.


Grand Lacrosse Match at 3pm, between the Montreal Club and Indians, at which the Band of the Victoria Rifles will attend.

Academy of Musicat 2:30, and evening performance at 8.

St George’s Concert at the Rink at 8pm.

Sig Hazazer’s Assembly.  Closing party of the season.

Volunteer Review in the forenoon at Fletcher’s Field, on the Mountain slope.,

The Island Park ferry boat will ply all day, leaving Island Wharf every half hour.


On the Grand Trunk Railway to St Hilaire, leaving Bonaventure Station at 8am, and returning at a seasonable hour in the evening. Passes will be issued on the Grand Trunk Railway on the 24th good for the next day at one fare, and good until the 28th at one fare and a third.

On the South Eastern, tickets good for the 23rd, 24th and 25th inclusive, will be sold at one fare to Memphremagog, and a steam yacht conveys parties from Newport to any point on the Lake.

The steamer Prince of Wales leaves Lachine for Carillon and intermediate landings on the arrival of the 7 am train which leaves Bonaventure Depot, returning in time for the evening train.

Excursion of the Natural History Society to Oka.

Grand excursion to St Jerome,leaving Hochelaga at 8:50am; returning, leave St Jerome at 6pm.

Trotting races at Laprairie, the steamer making three trips during the day.

Excursion to Cornwall on the Grand Trunk Railway; tickets good for two days $1, the band of the Sixth Fusiliers to be present.

Grand excursion to Caughnawaga as per advertisement.


Walter Scott Centenary, Montreal, 1871

Globe, 16 August 1871, page 4


Montreal, Aug 15

A private banquet was given to-night on temperance principals, as the Carlton Club, in commemoration of the Scott Centenary.  Between sixty and seventy person were present.  Addresses were delivered, but the affair was quiet, as it was resolved a month since to let the day pass, all the principal citizens being out of the city.  The Scott scholarship subscription progresses rapidly, and of the requisite $1500, $1000 is already raised.

[Oh Lord this sounds desperately dull!]

The Benefits of Cricket, Montreal, 1822

Montreal Herald, 29 May 1822, page 2

To the Editor of the Montreal Herald


On reading the Paragraph upon Cricket in your supplement of last Wednesday, it gave rise to the following reflections:

That I perfectly agree with the Author, that the game of Cricket is conductive to health, and peculiarly adapted to youth, especially those leading a sedentary life; as it expands the chest, opens a free passage of breathing, promotes perspiration without endangering the system, and puts the whole muscular frame in motion, unattended with the least violence.

It has also much to that manly vigour and firm step as remarkable in an Englishman.

As a further illustration, look to our Mother Country there is scarcely a noble man who has not been trained to Cricket in his youth – can there even be a stronger proof in favour of the game, when every Boarding school establishment considers it a necessary appendage to have a play ground for the youth to be exercised at Cricket.

It is a pity town cannot offer a better spot than at the Wind-mills which is so much exposed; but as the gentlemen forming the Club take infinite pains in rotting it &c it is hoped our good citizens will assist by directing their servants not to ride or drive over the Play ground.

I hope to see next year, amongst the general importations, Bats and Balls introduced.

I am sir,

Your Obedient

A Byestander

St Andrew’s Dinner – politics – Montreal, 1835

Montreal Gazette, 19 December 1835, page 2


The Editor of the Vindicator, though now in Quebec, pretends to have a perfect knowledge of what is going on in Montreal, but the errors into which he falls, are sometimes ridiculous in the extreme.  At telling a falsehood, he does not stickle much, if we are to judge by the numerous assertion he makes about the persons present at the late St Andrew’s Dinner. He sometime ago said that Mr Murrogh the protonotary, was present – he was not.  Yesterday, he asserts that the Deputy Sheriff the Solicitor General and Mr Buchanon King’s Counsel, attended.  We give to this statement a plump denial.


He would insinuate that the Rifle Corps has been organized through the instrumentality of the Constitutional Association – this we also deny; there is no connection between them.


He would also insinuate that the national societies in this city are political associations.  This is another error.  They have been formed from charitable motives – politics are never discussed at the meetings, and a difference of opinion is no bar to admission.  That a great majority may be of one political party, cannot be a matter of surprise, when it is considered that they hail a common origin, have been educated in the same principles, and are equally proscribed by the faction that seeks to dominate over this province.  When met at the social board, they cannot be expected to drown all their preconceived opinions, and when a routine toast is proposed, they may receive or reject it, just as their conscience and judgement may direct.  Their annual reports which detail the expenditure of their funds will prove that “to relieve the distressed” is their benevolent and honourable object.

Thom of Inverury – poet, Calcutta, 1845

Perthshire Advertiser, 9 Jan 1845, p2


The Poet Thom – An Indian paper, just received, has the following: – An appeal to the generosity of the Calcutta community was made not long since by the Calcutta Star, and warmly supported by the Huckarn in favour of the Scottish poet, Thom, of Inverury, Aberdeenshire, who has undergone much distress owing to want of employment in his occupation of weaver.  Scotland celebrates the memory of Burns with fetes and processions, leaving the living poet to starve in a garret.  We are happy to say that a considerable sum has been subscribed for Mr Thom – in fact, upwards of £100.

Desperados in Summerstown, 1889

The Glengarrian, 20 Dec 1889


The arrest of the ringleaders in the gang of desperados that has made life hardly worth living for the past year, has not entirely put a stop the deviltry that has gone on for so long.  On Friday evening, between 6 and 7 o’clock two men broke into the cheese factory.  Two citizens heard the noise and started to see what was the matter, but being afraid of being fired on, did not approach close.  The burglars went away without doing any further damage than smashing windows and a few utensils, the damage being estimated by Mr McLeod, agenda for Mr DM Macpherson, cheese king, at $10. There was no apparent motive for the outrage, as there was nothing of value in the factory.  Mr Macpherson is away from home at present, but as the parties are known, he will take steps to send them up soon as he returns.

Advice for attending parties – 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


An evening party begins about nine o’clock pm and ends about midnight, or somewhat later. Good breeding neither demands that you present yourself at the commencement, nor remain till the close of the evening.  You come and go as may be most convenient to you, and by these means are liberty to present yourself at two or three houses during a single evening.

Advice – conversation with an intellectual woman, 19C

Gentlewomen Aim to Please: Edited from Victorian Manuels of Etiquette, Jerrard Tickell, London: George Routledge & Sons, 1933.


There is no conversation so graceful, so varied, so sparkling, as that of an intellectual and cultivated woman.  Excellence in this particular is, indeed, one of the attributes of the sex, and should be cultivated by every gentlewoman who aspires to please in general society.

In order to talk well, three conditions are indisputable – namely, tact, a good memory, and a fair education.

R Daft’s Cricket Tour of Canada, 1879

Sporting Life, 24 Sep 1879, p 1

R Daft’s Cricket Tour in Canada and the United States

(By our special correspondent)

Toronto, September 12

After touching on Saturday, the 6th instant, at Rimouski, on the southern bank of the St Lawrence, we steamed rapidly down the river, and reached Quebec on Sunday morning at half-past seven.  As we had some hours at our disposal several of us, including Emmett, Bates, and myself, crossed the St Lawrence, and had a look at Quebec.  The town is not well built, and except in the more aristocratic parts did not seem to be very desirable place to live in.  The monument to General Wolfe we regarded with interest.  The view down the river from the heights of Abraham was very fine, and one wondered, standing in this apparently impregnable position, how Wolfe and his army succeeded.  By one o’clock we had taken our places for Montreal, and passing through a fine country, in which the harvest was over, we reached that city at quarter past eleven on Sunday evening.  We put up at the Windsor Hotel, one of the finest in the world. The dining room itself would hold an entire decent sized English hotel, the staircases are of marble, and the upholstery & c of the most finished description. After breakfast, Orcroft and I had a look at the Montreal Cricket Grounds, and found it small, but in good order. La Crosse is the popular game about Montreal, cricket being in greater favour at Toronto, where there are less French.  We should have played at Montreal first had not the Toronto fixture been made at a date when there were great gatherings expected in that city, owing to there being a great exhibition, review of the troops by the Governor General and the Princess Louise &c.  On Monday the 8th we reached Toronto at elevent in the evening, and found the place so crammed with visitors that it was difficult to find us accomadation.  The Walker Hotel where we stayed ,was very crowded, beds being made up in the billiard room and in the passages.  The city was brilliantly illumintated in honour of the Governor and the Princess, who are expected to be present at our first match, which commences on Wednesday morning.

Our men went to the Toronto Cricket Ground on Tuesday morning to have some practice.  They had scarcely go their land legs, and the play was somewhat loose; Shrewsbury, Selby and Bates were in good form, however, Alfred Shaw with the ball.  The ground is in fine order, and we shall have a good wicket.

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