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No Procession on the 12th, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Daily Star, 11 July 1877, page 1

No Procession on the 12th

The Orangemen Patriotically Accede to the Request of their Fellow Citizens and Abandon the Procession in the Interest of Peace

A great weight has been lifted off the city by the patriotic conduct of the Orange body in acceding to the request of their fellow citizens, and abandoning , for this year, at least, their intention of walking to the church in procession on the anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne.  This resolution was not arrived at until a few minutes before midnight last night, and the deepest anxiety was manifested by large numbers of citizens who congregated in several places to know the result.  At St Patrick’s Hall the largest gathering with [illegible] and the heads of the Irish Societies were in session until a late hour.  The course that has been pursued reflects honor upon all concerned.  The sp[illegible] of wise concession and forbearance showed by the Orangemen deserve the highest recognition, and the Roman Catholics were among the first last night to acknowledge the spirit of conciliation that was manifested in the resolution arrived at.  Every one looked forward to serious trouble, if not loss of life if the procession took place, and the feeling that was prevailed for some time past in this community has been a profoundly painful one.  Much of the happy result accomplished is owing to the wise and moderate con [illegible] pursued by the leaders of the Irish societies, who suggested and succeeded in getting truly representative meeting yesterday [illegible] all our National Societies. The sensible speeches of those gentlemen, who met in the parlour of the St Lawrence Hall, and notably the observations of the chairman, could not fail to have effect in averting what was looked forward to as a civil war. Our city has been spared scenes of riot and disorder that would have fallen upon her like a nightmare.  Good sense has prevailed, and citizens now look forward to a long continuance of that peace, harmony and good will that should always prevail among a people and by the ties of a common Christianity and citizenship.  The matter has been acquitted in such a form that both sides can co[illegible] shake hands over the result, and no feeling of triumph or defeat be felt on either side.

We stated in last evening’s issue that the meeting in the St Lawrence Hall passed a resolution earnestly among the Orangemen to give up the procession.  This result was communicated to the leaders of the Orange Society by a deputation and a copy of the resolution signed by all the representatives of National Societies, [illegible] added to Colonel Smith and Mr Grant the latter County Master and Chairman [illegible] the mass meeting of Orangemen which was being held in the Orange Hall. These gentlemen promised to lay it before the meeting without delay and return as early as possible with an answer. The signers remained in session awaiting an answer, and the reports from time to time that arrive, up to the last kept up the most painful anxiety to know the result. At 11:45 pm all felt as if they could breath freely, as an advance courier armed with the pleasing news that the resolution was carried (although by a narrow majority) to abandon the idea of  having a procession.  Messrs. Grant and Smith followed soon after as the ambassadors of peace and evidently well pleased to come in that capacity.  The meeting to receive the report took place at once, with Mr Devlin in the chair.  The following is the substance of what occurred.

Mr Grant said there had been a large attendance of the membership of the order, who after discussion had come to a resolution, which had been carried by a small majority, not to make a public demonstration.  The committee would be served with an exact copy of the resolution which had been arrived at. The society reserved their right to march when they pleased, but there would be no procession on the 12th of July this year. The members would proceed to church about half past eleven and trusted that there would be no disturbance or endeavour to hinder them in the charge of their privilege and duty of going to church.

Col Smith said that he had only to say that this decision had been arrived at after earnest deliberation upon the requests of the societies. They had determined to give way but reserved their right to go to church. He trusted the societies would now do their duty and see that the Orangemen were not molested. The society had acted in deference to the wishes of their fellow citizens.

Mr Grant said he ought to state that a deputation from the City Council had this day waited on the Orangemen which had tended in a great measure to influence their decision.

Mr Devlin said it was only necessary for him to say that he congratulated the societies on the result which had been arrived at, which was calculated to sustain and continue the friendly feeling which had existed for years.  He regarded the result, not as a triumph of party, but as a triumph of peace, good will and fellowship, and as such he regarded it.  He would announce the result at another meeting this evening.  All might rest assured that the proceedings throughout had been conducted with good will as tending to the prosperity of the Dominion and of the city of Montreal.

Col Smith said that in light of the society had acted in the interest of peace and good will.

Mr Devlin said he considered the best thanks of the committee and of the citizens generally were due to the gentlemen who had waited upon the committee, and also to all who had cooperated towards this good result. The Irish Catholic societies did not desire to triumph over Protestants, but were actuated by desires for the best interests of the whole country.

Mr Kerry, St George’s Society, said before the meeting separated it ought to thank the gentlemen of the Orange Society present for the interest they had taken in the matter.  He thought a vote of thanks should be passed to them for their kind offices.

Mr McMaster, of the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society, in seconding the motion, said he had no doubt that the gentlemen had made many personal sacrifices for the peace of the city.

Several gentlemen having spoken in this sense.

Col Smith thought that the vote should be passed to the society generally.

Mr Kerry said he should be glad to amend his motion in that sense.

The motion having been carried.

Col Smith, in acknowledging it, said he hoped after all this would be considered brethren.  The meeting adjourned.

Orangemen at Church, Montreal, 1894

Montreal Daily Star, 9 July 1894, page 2

Orangemen at Church

A Parade to Cote St Antoine Baptist Church

Sermon by the Rev WT Graham, Pastor of the Church – Five Patrol Waggons unnecessarily called out

The Orangemen of Montréal held their first parade since the days of Hackett yesterday afternoon.  The County Council of Montreal, composed of representatives from the thirteen lodges of the city, had had a meeting on the subject and finally decided to have no church parade under its authority.  Derry Lodge LOL no 224, determined to carry the procession through themselves.  The parade was formed at the rooms of Derry Lodge, in the Ottawa Buildings, 246 St James Street, and started on their march about 2:45 pm.  The parade was headed by the Loyal True Blue band under Bandmaster Lavers.  Mount Royal Lodge, no 22, of the True Blues, followed under their marshal, Isaac Stewart.  Close behind the True Blues marched the Boyne Lodge, no 401; Prince of Wales no 364; Duke of York, no 413; Dominion, no. 1203; and Derry, no 224. The Royal Britannia Band, under Bandmaster Smith, led the second division, under Chief Marshal Alexander Harris, assisted by Marshal JD Blakely.  With them marched Lorne Lodge, no 1373; Diamond no 1474; Hackette no 304, and the Prentice Boys, one division which ~~~~ from Point St Charles.  The line of marchers going west was as follows: St James Street to Victoria Square, to Beaver Hall Hill, to Dorchester, to Peel, to St Catherine, to Western Avenue, to the Grace Baptist Church.  As the orange-decked procession swung past Victoria square, filled with the memories of Hackett and the riotous days of the seventies, the crowd began to increase.  As the parade turned along Dorchester and marched past St Peter’s Cathedral.


This new feature produced more excitement than the procession itself.  The Orangemen had not asked for their presence nor did they wish their company.  It seems that a policeman with an overwrought imagination had seen visions of blood when the Orange ribbons came into view, and had called on the Police Department for a patrol.  The order had been mistaken at headquarters for a call for the whole force, and accordingly five patrol wagons dangled at the Orangemen’s rear.  It was at this point that the excitement reached its height, but the crowds massed themselves about the wagons while the Lodges tramped merrily on.  As the procession passed St Peter’s without trouble, four of the patrol wagons turned back, and the fifth followed their example after it had accompanied them some distance along St Catherine Street.  Dominion Square presented a picturesque appearance with the crowds of people massed along its borders, the gaily-ribboned lodges tramping past and the hurrying and scurrying of sightseers to reach once more the head of the parade.  At the church, the True Blues passed in first, while the Leading Orange Lodges parted ranks and the Lodges in the rear guard passed through the bared heads.

The Rev. Mr. WT Graham, the pastor of the church, delivered a most impressive and out-spoken address.  Taking as his text, Nehemiah, Chapter 2, verse 18, “And they said, let us rise up and build; so they strengthened their hands for this good work.”  Mr. Graham spoke in substance as follows: “I wish you to feel thoroughly at home here, and I wish to say that any church that would not open its doors to such a fine-looking body of men needs strengthening at the knees.  There is no ~~~~~   ~~~~~   ~~~~ There an be no strong character of any lasting influence on men for good without a worthy determination.  Nehemiah was a man with a purpose.  While at the splendid court of the Persian monarchs he formed the ambition to build up the walls of Jerusalem, and he did it.  And before you men leave this church, I wish to show you what sort of building there is to do and what sort of men there must be to do it.  First—the building must be down- the building of character.  Men strive to build for themselves a temple of fame or to gain commercial affluence.  All this is right in its way, but there is a danger of forgetting character.  Character is immortal.  Men must build their characters on Jesus Christ.  The second thing we must build up is our homes.  The home life is the foundation of every people.  It is often charged against lodges that they take away from the life of the home.  I do not know whether this is so or not.  I am not here to discuss it, but I do know that the nations that prosper have good homes.  The tendency in this age is to neglect the homes.  And thirdly, build up your nation, the land in which you live “Is there a man with soul so dead, that never to himself has said, this is my own, my native land.”  Build up liberty of conscience- religious liberty or soul-liberty, as it is sometimes called.  The Romish Church is the foe of religious liberty.  Point to any page of Romish history.  Remember Philip of Spain and his father, Charles V.  Remember the Spanish armada and its terrible defeat.  Wherever the Roman Church is, there is no religious liberty.  Over ten thousand Protestants were destroyed in England and hundreds of thousands in the Netherlands, where William of Orange fell.  We have the principles for which our forefathers bled and died and for which they sacrificed their liberties and their lives.  Let us show those who are in ignorance the light with which we are blessed and which we enjoy, and let us give it to them.”

The procession marched back to the Ottawa Buildings along Dorchester to Peel, to St James to the lodge.  The committee of Derry Lodge was as follows: R Bell, A Thurlow, A Harris, J Allen, T Ingraham and Wm Nefsey.  Many visitors from Ontario lodges were in the procession.  J Hamalton, of Toronto, was one of the foremost organizers of the parade.  Mr. Hamalton has been most prominent in Orange work in Ontario, and has now taken up his residence in Montreal.  The Mount Royal True Blues leave her Wednesday evening to spend the 12th in Ontario.

Orangeman’s day plans, Montreal & Ottawa, 1878

This article describes how the government anticipated the violence that year, after the Mayor of Montreal had nixed plans of a Orange march in the city.

Notice in Daily Star, 6 July 1878, page 2.
Notice in Daily Star, 6 July 1878, page 2.

Montreal Daily Star, 8 July 1878, page 3


Troops to go into camp on the 11th– General Smyth in Command

(Special Despatch to the Star)

Ottawa- July 8.  The Government having received a requisition to preserve order in Montreal city on the 12th July, signed by six magistrates, Major-General Smith has ordered two thousand men to go into camp on Dominion Square on the 11th.  The force will include the Montreal troops, French and English, A and B Batteries, Kingston and Quebec, with Montreal detachment, Lord Aylmer’s regiment from Richmond and other Eastern Townships corps.  The Major-General leaves on Wednesday to take command.  It is expected that he will also be sworn in as Peace Commissioner.  The Magistrates who signed the requisition are Messrs. DL MacDougall, W Clendenning, Adam Darling, George Horne, and John Whyte.

Orangemen being escorted home, Canadian Illustrated News, 1878
Orangemen being escorted home, Canadian Illustrated News, 1878

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