Montreal Gazette, 3 Jan 1878, page 3
St George’s Snowshoe Club
Saturday last will long be remembered as a “red-letter day” in the history of this club, not only in connection with the race across the mountain, but also for the thorough hospitality extended by its members to their friends and showshoers of other clubs, who, having availed themselves of the invitation, met at Prendergast’s Hotel after the race and did justice to a substantial supper in true snowshoer’s fashion.
The aspirants for the honor of winning one of the six handsome prizes met at McGill College Gate at 3:30 pm, but the start was not effected until 4:30 o’clock. Quite a number of visitors and members of sister clubs assembled to see them off, and nto a few of the Montreal Club accompanied them over the mountain, while others went ahead with the object of seeing them come in at the home stretch. The track was somewhat heavy. The names of the winners and the time made by them may be seen from the following record:-
JC Bowden, time 22 m 40 s
Davidson, time 23 m
Matthews, time 24 m 30 s
Elliott, time 24 m 40s
McLean, time 26 m 29 s
Dyde, time 26 m 40 s
Mr JC Bowden, the winner of the first prize this year, was also the winner of the first prize last year. He received a perfect ovation from his fellow members, which not only gave proof of his merit as a good snowshoer, but also testified to his popularity as a thorough good fellow in its most legitimate sense. The event of the evening, however, was the supper, to which about one hundred persons sat down. Capt Sully, president of the club, presided, and on his right were Lieut-Col Handyside and Mr Angus Grant, President of the Montreal Club, while on his left he was supported by Mr H Bryson, of the “Athletic,” and Sergeant-Major Lynden, “B” Battery, Dominion Artillery, Quebec. Mr Neil Warner, Mr RS White and the representatives of the Gazette and Witness were also among the guests.
The following is a list of
“the Queen” – National Anthem, solo by Mr Carter, and chorus
“The Prince of Wales and the Royal Family” – song “God Bless the Prince of Wales” by Mr Jarvis
“The Governor-General” proposed by Lt Colonel Handyside, and to which the following spirited chorus was sung in true hearty fashion. The song itself was sung by Capt Sully”
“then hip, hurrah! We’ll drink his health;
May fortune never on him frown!
Here’s riches, honor, happiness, health
To that rattling boy from the County Down.”
“Our Country”- song, “Dear Canada, our Home,” sung by Mr Vesey
“The Army, Navy and Volunteers,” proposed by Captain Sully, and responded to by Lieut-Colonel Handyside. During the interval Mr Neil Warner read the “Charge of the Light Brigade” with almost electrical effect, the guests rising t their feet and giving the reader a succession of rousing cheers. A more magnificent piece of elocution we have never heard without exception.
“Our winter’s sports” was next proposed by Mr Jarvis, of the Witness, who made a very neat and appropriate speech.
The prizes were then distributed by Lieut-Colonel Handyside, and each recipient was awarded hearty cheers.
Our “Sister Clubs” was responded to by Messrs Angus Grant, Murray and Bryson, in suitable terms.
The remaining toasts were:
“The Ladies” – song and chorus. Dedicated to the St George SS Club by “Paul Ford.”
Volunteer toasts, songs &c (In this and in all things else – )
“England expects every man will do his duty”
“The press” – replies
“Our own club” – club song and chorus
“Strap the snow-shoes on, my boys,
We’ll have another run”
During the evening the band of the Victoria Rifles came from the city to do honor to the club, and were received with great applause.
After the programme had been disposed of, the tables were removed, songs were sung (and by the way, we must not forget to mention the vocal comicalities of Mr Prince, and the excellent singing of Messrs Murray and Vesey), and impromptu dances got up for the occasion. Space will not admit of giving the gist of the several speeches, which were unusually good. We had almost forgotten to mention what the prizes were: the 1st was a gold medal, in the shape of a shield, having on its face a pair of snowshoes crossed. The 2nd, a silver medal with snowshoes crossed, and worked in gold. The 3rd a gold seal; the 4th a set of gold studs – the 5th, a set of silver studs; the 6th a silver fruit knife, and the 7th a wooden spoon to the last man in the race. The first six prizes were manufactured by Messrs Savage & Lyman.
Altogether the race and its afterpiece were of the most pleasant character, and the party returned to town about 10 pm, everyone having thoroughly enjoyed himself.