Montreal Daily Star, 13 July 1877, page 2
The Procession Question
[Opinions of the Press]
Some people have the habit of standing upon their rights, come what will. It may be conceded that this disposition may be pushed too far in individual cases, and become so much temporary inconvenience. At the same time, history is full of instances in which popular rights have been gained or maintained by just such dogged determination as that exhibited at Montreal on the part of Orangemen. One is at a loss to know why a procession on their part should not be tolerated. Such an incident may not be agreeable to the majority in Quebec, but in this world, and particularly in this country, we must give and take on matters of opinion in order to live together in reasonable harmony. – London Free Press
Whatever may be any one’s views of the wisdom or otherwise of holding an Orange celebration on the 12th of July, there is no room to question its legality, and being legal, those who engage in it are entitled to the full protection of the law. – Hamilton Spectator
The white feather of fear should never be shown by the authorities. The denial of any right is always a sufficient incentive to the strongest assertion of it. Were the right to celebrate the 12th of July in their own way freely conceded to the Orangemen of Montreal by their Roman Catholic fellow citizens, it is not likely there would be such a fixed and strong determination to exercise it. The avowed opposition to the proposed street parade of Thursday has had, therefore, the inevitable effect of inspiring Orangemen with a stronger resolution to carry out their purpose – if for no other reason than to vindicate their unquestionable right to do so. If the Orangemen should, at the very last moment, reconsider their intention, they would be entitled the public appreciation of the sacrifice such a step would imply in the interests of the public peace, although a few may say that in such a self-denying course they had been actuated by fear. If, however, they should hold their original intention to celebrate their anniversary by a procession, British law, which guarantees protection to every law abiding citizen, would be tarnished and dishonoured if it should fail to extend that protection to them. At all events equal rights must be secured to every citizen of free Canada. – Whig
Out of deference to public feeling in the matter and not from fear of immediate consequences, they (Orangemen) can afford to abandon even yet that part of their programme which is most likely to give rise to disturbance. While saying this we do not wish to be challenging in the slightest degree their right to walk the streets of Montreal. They have not only a right to go in procession but also to be fully protected while they are in procession. – Globe.