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St George’s Day, Montreal, 1877

Montreal Gazette, 24 April 1877, page 3


The annual sermon, commemorative of St George’s Day, preached by the Rev BW Norman, one of the chaplains of the St George’s Society, on Sunday afternoon, at St George’s Church, was taken from Psalm 137, verses 4, 5 and 6. As Mr Norman’s discourse is to be published in pamphlet form, it will suffice to merely refer to the principal points touched upon. It was thoroughly English in its character; broad, free, liberal and patriotic in its sentiment.  The love for the Mother Land was not absorbed to the exclusion of affection for Canada and her institutions, inherited through the liberty handed down by our Anglo-Saxon forefathers. The duty of the Englishmen in his adopted country; the prominent part taken by the church of England in shaping and moulding national progress were also referred to, the preacher not forgetting to acknowledge the right of liberty or conscious in the free choice of religious belief. An interesting part of the sermon, and so far as this province is concerned, a novel application of a theory which is gaining ground in some parts of England, was the reference to the suppositious connection between the Anglo-Saxon race and the lost tribes of the Isrealitish nation.  Mr Norman, without committing himself to an opinion on the matter, admitted there was much to favour such a theory, which, if established as correct, would be a powerful aid in the conversion of the Jews proper and in uniting the fragments of that mysterious people. In conclusion, he advocated the benevolent claims of the society and the good it had accomplished, and commended it warmly to the liberal consideration of his hearers. A collection was taken up in aid of the Society, after which, “God Save the Queen” was sung, in which everybody joined most heartily in the common prayer for our beloved Sovereign.



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.

St George’s Day, Montreal, 1871

Montreal Gazette, 24 April 1871, page 2

St George’s Society – This society, together with the English Workingmen’s Society attended divine service in St George’s Church yesterday afternoon. His Lordship the Metropolitan preached, taking for his text the xii chapter of St Paul’s epistle to the Romans, part of the 5th verse “And every member one members of another.” After some remarks on the text, his Lordship referred to the Society. He said that the history of the patron saint of the English people was altogether allegorical, and was perhaps an embellishment of the triumph of religion over heathenism. He referred to the state of St George’s Society in this city, saying that last year they had an English emigrant home for emigrants who had no place to go. During the year they had provided 1 100 of these, who had remained according to their behaviour and means for them one night to six weeks. The out door relief committee had sent emigrants to different parts of the country; and they had also paid the fares of 250 emigrants. The Bishop appealed to the congregation to come forward and help the Society, and he hoped that those who were not already members would soon add their names to the list of annual subscribers. After the sermon a collection was taken up on behalf of the society.


St George’s Society, Ottawa, 1866

Ottawa Citizen, 29 December 1866, page 2


The committee of management of the St George’s Society, beg leave to acknowledge with thanks, the following donations to the Christmas Charitable Fund.:
Hon Jas Skead, $4.00; P Thompson 2.00; Geo Harrington 1.00; E Wakley, 1.00; Geo Payne 1.00; W Cartney 1.00; Jno Bray 1.00; H Gough 1.00; JC Tarbut 2.00; A Friend 5.00; MA Greenwood 1.00; J Hodgson 50c; CT Brown 1.00; Observer 4.00 and a donation of clothing; JG Robinson & Co 10 cords of wood; J Maguire 1 cord of wood; Messrs Satchell 150 pounds of meat, Donations of meat were also received from Messrs Smith Bros, Cauthrey, Sparrow, White and Harryott, which added to the profits derived from the late concert, enabled the committee to dispense to 35 families, representing 168 individuals the following goods, viz: 23 cords of wood, 400 pounds of flour, 40 bushels of potatoes, 84 loaves of bread, 80 pounds of sugar, 20 pounds of tea, and 60 pounds of raisins. After the distribution was over there still remained some goods on hand which were at once sent to the Orphans home. The Committee are also happy to be enabled to state, that, after meeting all present requirements there will remain a considerable sum to be transferred to the general funds of the society.

St George’s Day, Winnipeg, 1888

Manitoba Free Press, 24 April 1888, page 4

St George’s Day
Englishmen Celebrate it by a Dinner at Clougher’s Restaurant.

The Englishmen of the city celebrated St George’s Day yesterday by a dinner at Clougher’s restaurant in the evening at which about forty five sat down. Among those present were Capt WH Adams president of the society in the chair. President Strang of the St Andrew’s Society, JH Ashdown, W Battye, HM Breedon, CJ Brydges, A Burrows, J Butters, GF Chamberlin, JJ Dobson, GA Downard, EI Drewry MPP, F Drewry, H Ferguson, G Fould, E Hamler, J Hanby, WS Harrison, Hebb R Horrel, HW Knight, P Langlois, J Medland, JG Moore, G McAllister, Dr Orion, Rev JW Blade, A Pearson, Rev EWS Pentreath, H Powell, C Stewart, RG Lutes, AT Timewell, RH Tudor, Mr Chappell, FH Turnock, CO Wickenden, J Wolf, RW Woodroof, J Wrigley, G Swan, and FA Wade.
The chairman read letters from Hon Messrs Thos Greenway, IM Jones and JW Taylor regretting their inability to attend. He then proposed “the Queen.” He said that, vast as was the territorial extent of the realms over which the Queen ruled, the hearts over which she ruled extended over a vaster area. The toast was received with the hearty singing of the National Anthem.
“The Prince and Princess of Wales and the rest of the royal family,” was neatly proposed by Mr J Wrigley and also received with enthusiasm.
“The Army, Navy and Volunteers, was proposed by Capt Adams. Looking back over the record of British arms there was no reason to be ashamed of the record of either the land or sea forces. They could look back with pride on their achievement. The result on all occasions where they had been brought into conflict with other nations, had always been to the credit of the English nation. The speaker referred to the achievements of the volunteer forces in this country in 1883 in suppressing the rebellion.
Notwithstanding his blushes, Mr TA Wade was forced to get upon his feet and respond to this toast. Mr Wade held a distinguished position in the “Home Guard” and he eloquently dwelt on the achievements of it and other Winnipeg battalions who took part in the suppression of the late unpleasantness.
Mr James Butters, as an old soldier who had gone through the Indian mutiny and had worn the uniform of the British soldier, also responded.
“The Clergy and Ministers of all Denominations” was proposed by Mr CJ Brydges, who said they were very much pleased having present with them their respected chaplain, Rev Mr Pentreath; – (applause) – and it considerably enhanced their pleasure to know that they would not lose them. (Renewed Applause). He hoped it would be a long time before they would have to part company with him. He also referred to the presence of the Rev Messrs Tudor and Page.
Mr Pentreath spoke of the good that the society did and expressed his regret that it was not given a more hearty support by the Englishmen of the city. Mr Tudor and Mr Page also expressed the pleasure it gave them to be present at the re-union of Englishmen.
“Our Native Land and the day we honor” was proposed by Capt Adams. Pride was inherent in the human race in all matters, but the pride of birth, the pride of nationality transcends all. As Englishmen that inherit that pride as much as any other nation, and here on St George’s Day they were present trying to celebrate the patron saint of England.
Mr E Hamber sang “Rolling Home to Dear Old England.”
Mr Jos Wolf proposed, “The Sister Societies.” He referred to the labors of the sister society in highly complimentary terms, speaking specially of the noble work done by St Andrew’s Society. The name of Mr Robert Strang, president of St Andrew’s Society, was coupled with the toast and he responded.
Mr JG Moore proposed “The Land We Live in” in very felicitous terms and it was neatly replied to by Mr Drewry.
Mr GH Downward sang “The Soldier’s Dream of Home.”
The ladies were championed by JJ Dobson, and the health of the president, Capt Adams was then proposed by Mr Ashdown, and enthusiastically toasted eliciting from him an eloquent reply.
The meeting broke up about midnight, a very enjoyable evening having been spent.

St George’s Day, Montreal, 1900

Montreal Daily Star, 24 April 1900, page 10


St George’sDay

Fittingly celebrated by a First Class concert


The Imperial spirit was much in evidence at the concert given in the Windsor Hall last evening under the auspices of theSt   George’sSociety.  It is many years since the celebration of the feast of the patron saint ofEnglandtook the form of a concert, and it was clearly evidenced last night that this form of celebration is a most popular one.  The hall had been tastefully decorated with flags and national banners, chief amng them being, of course, those which bore the red cross of St George, although the green flag of Ireland and the St Andrew’s Cross of Scotland, together, with the Dominion ensign were given places of honour. The audience was a large, fashionable and representative one, all the nationalities inMontrealbeing represented either on the platform or among those in the body of the hall.  Mr HA Hodgson, the president of theSt George’sSociety made an admirable president, and the programme was of a fitting patriotic character.  From the singing of “God Save the Queen” at the opening of the concert to its repetition at the close, the evening was marked by a strong spirit of patriotism, which was much aided by the excellent manner in which Mr Harry Rees rendered “Rule Britannia” and “God Bless the Prince of Wales”.  Miss Ruth Holt scored the success of the evening by her recitation of “The Defence of Lucknow,” “Play the Game,” and “Bobs,” her efforts arousing the audience to the wildest enthusiasm.


Mr. Barlow Cumberland of Toronto, supreme grand president of the Sons of England was down on the programme for an oration; instead he gave an eloquent fifteen minutes talk upon the process of development which is now going on in the British Empire, and his word picture of the scene at Paardeberg, when Canadians of all nationalities worked together hand in hand for the honour of the common flag, was most inspiring.  Miss Ada Frances Wait pleased many with her soprano selections; Mr Miles R Bracewell ofNew Yorkdid justice to the old English songs; Mr FC Capon sang “The Englishman” in fine voice; and Rosario, the boy cellist, delighted everybody by his artistic work upon that wonderful instrument.  A series of stereotypical views added to the pleasure of the evening.




St George’s Day, Montreal, 1865

Montreal Herald, 25 April 1865 page 1

St George’s Day

Yesterday, according to the usual custom, the St George’s Society celebrated their thirty first anniversary.  The day being bright and pleasant for pedestrians a considerable crown assembled to watch the procession.  The society, which met at Dolly’s to transact business, was joined by the English Workingmen’s Benefit Society, which marched to the place of meeting with banners flying and headed by the Montreal Brass Band.  Punctuality at a quarter to three o’clock the two societies, with their Presidents and office bearers formed in procession and marched along Great St James Street, through Haymarket Square and up Beaver Hall Hill to Christ Church Cathedral.  Here a large crowd had assembled and the body of the Church was speedily filled.  The prayers in the morning service were intoned by the Rev Mr Wood, and the lessons for the day were read by Canons Leaach and White.  Mr Carter presided at the organ; the music for the day being Tallis’ Festival Service, with the anthem “God is our Strength and Hope,” by Dr Green.  The sermon was preached by the Rev Mr Loosemore, who took for his text Proverbs XIV, 34.

He pointed out that there were two aspects to which man might view himself.  The one was in his individual capacity, the other as being a unit of a great whole, and in relation to the duties he owed to his fellows.  As much every man could contribute to the growth of that righteousness which exalted a nation.  When we look around the world as a while we see man acutated by various motives, and thus distinct nations with laws, customs and institutions peculiar to themselves are formed.  But there is a community of interest, a mutual dependence existing among nations possessing the most diverse forms of government.  The prosperity of nations depended greatly on order and method since the many were kept together and consolidated by the genius of the few.  Every nation had its rebels and traitors who were regarded as unworthy to remain on their native soil.  But these were the exceptions and not the rule.  He then showed the tendency of all men to form nationalities from the darkest and apparently, the most forsaken parts of the earth, to the most civilised countries rated over by the highest know form of government.  All the earlier dynasties had passed away, Macedon, Greece, Imperial Rome, and Nenvuh raising  her voice to the men of the present day equity with the other ruined nations, all united is attesting the enduring truth of the text, “Righteousness evalieth a nation.”  Many motives contributed to bring men together.  To-day it was a feeling of nationality.  He disclaimed every intention of secularizing the pulpit, he had too high a feeling of reverence for God’s house, and respect for his own sacred office to do so, but he did not think the subject unsuited to the time or place, and if he spoke of loyalty and attachment to their earthly sovereign  would it not lead him to urge them to a feeling of loyalty and devotion to the King of Kings, and if he urged them to look back to their loved country with feelings of affection it was that he might the  more earnestly urge them to look forward with a deeper interest to a heavenly home.  Such thoughts were appropriate to the anniversary of St George when so goodly an array were gathered together.  The  rev gentleman gave a short sketch of the life of the Patron Saint of England, and while acknowledging himself to be no friend of the multiplying societies which had a tendency to keep up up animosity or arouse hostile and bitter feelings, he yet could bid them Godspeed in their labours of love, and would promise the aid of all his powers to assist in carrying on the good work or of infusing new warmth into the cold heart.  It was gratifying t find evidence of what had been done, and he stated that last year $997 had been expended in affording assistance to 267 brethren, giving shelter to 106 in the Home, giving aid, chiefly in clothing to 33 persons in destitute circumstances, 8 had been buried, besides other acts of kindness.  Every anniversary was of necessity a memorial of the past.  They were about to exemplify their love to one who had been prominent in every act of benevolence and good will to man, their lamented first President, who had been carried away from among them.  The act they were about to perform was one easily done but it was valuable from the spirit it displayed.  He prayed that the set they were about to perform might strengthen many to do so what he had done.  Old and hencured members of that and other societies had gone, and their place know them no more.  It was not easy to supply that place, but yet he hoped the enterprise would not flag but would be carried on with activity.  He then eloquently spoke of the deep responsibility laid upon Britain, a land taken, as it were, into covenant with God.  As colonists and fellow subjects a vast responsibility was also laid on them to spread the Gospel, and viewing that duty in this light each should individually do what he could that these colonies should not set the part of a thorn in the side or a mill stone round the neck of the mother country.  There was a time coming when all national distinctions would be done away, when there would be neither greek nor Jew, bond nor free, but when God in Christ would be all and in all.

At the issue of the divine service the members of the Society assembled around the spot where the tree planted last year in the memory of Shakespeare  had been uprooted, and John S Day, Esq, QC, President of the Society, who officiated at the replacing of the tree, said:–

Members of the St George’s Society—it will be within the recollection of most of you that in celebrating the anniversary of our Patron Saint last year we commemorated the Tercentenary of the birth of England’s  immortal Bard, Shakespeare, by planting on this spot a sapling oak.  Our late lamented friend and brother, the Hon George Moffatt, an ex President of the society, being present with me at that interesting, and to me now memorable ceremony.  The youthful tree took root, and for a time gave hopes of vigorous and permanent growth, but although carefully tended, the summers drought destroyed it.  To replace the lost tree was obviously our duty, and the mournful event that has deprived us of our inestimable friend, naturally suggested that besides replacing the Shakesperean commemorative oak, we should, by permission of the Cathedral authorities, plant on the other side of the sacred edifice, a corresponding tree to his memory.  Deeming it, after discharging the preliminary duty of transmitting to his bereaved widow and family the resolutions expressive of condolence to be found on our records, the most appropriate tribute of respect we could offer to the memory of one who took so prominent a part in the founding of our society, and during so many years discharged the office of the President so faithfully and well.  We will now, soliciting divine favour on our act, replace the sapling planted last year in commemoration of the Shakespeare Tercentenary. 

The tree having been duly planted, the Band played “The Brave old Oak”.  Mr Day then said:– and now brothers having discharged this duty, let us proceed to the performance of the more painful and solemn service of planting the sapling oak we desire to offer, as a tribute of respect to the memory of our deceased brother, the late Hon George Moffat.  The office bearers and others then proceeded to the other side of the Cathedral where an oak sapling in memory of the Hon George Moffatt, having been planted, the President said:–

Members of the St George Society, and Ladies and Gentlemen, St George’s Society was founded in Montreal in 1834, and by reference to the records it will be seen that our lamenting brother was one of its founders. ~~~~~~~ and for ~~~~~~


St George’s Day, Montreal, 1868

Montreal Gazette, 24 April 1868, page 1

St George’s Day

Yesterday, St George’s Day, dawned a in somewhat unexpected manner, with a heavy snow storm, and the streets secured once more ready to be traversed by the ubiquitous sleigh.  As the morning wore on, however, the warm sun-rays again rendered the pavement visible, and the Union Jack and St George’s banner floated from many a window and roof over the sloppy streets.  In connection with the association of the day, we give the following short sketch of its hero.

St George, surnamed of Cappatocia, was a native of Bilicia, and is said to have been born in a fuller’s shop.  He seems to have risen from his humble position not altogether in the most creditable manner, until he obtained a lucrative contract for supplying the army with bacon.  His administration of this affair was so unsatisfactory that he fled to Alexandria and having thus laid the foundations of his future sanctity in the acquired experience of a good practical sinner, he embraced the profession of Arianism.  Here he founded a valuable library, and so great did  his influence become among the followers of Arius, that when Athanasius was driven from Alexandria he was elevated to the Episcopal throne.  As Primate of Egypt he exhibited a most devout avarice, and evidently imagined he had got hold of another bacon contract.  Under the reign of Constatinius he was expelled by the people, and afterwards restored with much difficulty.  On the accession of Julian, AD 361, George, with two of his ministers, were cast into prison, and in twenty-four hours the prison was forced by the mob, and the Pagans, after slaying them, attempted to intercept the future honours of the martyrs by throwing their bodies into the sea.  When the English Crusaders arrived in the East in 1096 they found St George had become a respectable warrior saint among the Christians, and was called the Victorious.  They had some acquaintance with him in their calendars and martyrologies, and as he was supposed to have given them a life at the siege of Antioch, they adopted him as patron of the Order of the Garter, and he thus gradually became considered as the patron of chivalry, and in spite of some little inconsistencies, the tutelar Saint of England.


An excellent dinner of Roast Beef and Plum pudding was provided for the inmates of the St George’s Home and heartily enjoyed by them.


At 2 o’clock in the afternoon the members of the Society assembled at the Mechanic’s Hall for the transaction of business.

Mr. OXLEY, the secretary, having read the minutes of the last General meeting they were confirmed.

The following were then proposed as members:– Messrs. JB Leithhead, Bell Smith (artist), A Steel, AR Sowden, R Roe, Alfred Turner, George Maybank, DE Morris, JA Walton, WB Thayer.

It was then moved by Mr. STROUD, seconded by Mr. MARLER, that Mr. William Trigg and Mr. Charles Walker be proposed members.  – Carried.

It was moved by Mr. GARDNER, seconded by Mr. WALKER, “that Dr Selly be elected a member of this society.”

It was moved by Mr. MARLER, seconded by Mr. KERRY, “that the members proposed be considered duly elected.”


Mr. PELL said he had a small communication to make.  The president had conferred a favour on him last year, and he thought it was his turn now.  Whilst heading the list of subscribers to the Home, some gentlemen had made a proposition that the President should have his portrait taken by Mr. Bell Smith in official costume, to be placed in the Home, as a slight acknowledgment of his services.

The PRESIDENT said he was quite take by surprise by the proposition for taking his portrait in official costume; but it would be more agreeable if it was presented when the Home was finished, which he thought would be in October.  In consenting to sit he felt honoured by such a mark of respect, though at the same time he did not know he had done anything more than he ought.  He trusted to be able to return thanks in the Home.  He had nothing more to wish than that the shadow of the Society might never be ~~~.

The PRESIDENT then said that they were all aware there was to be a dinner at the Cosmopolitan that evening, the arrangements of which had been very carefully made.  The list of subscriptions to the Home had been published in the papers, and in addition, a small circular had been issued to the members.  Since then, several others had been received.  There was another subject, this being a general meeting of the Society he believed there was an inclination among the members to take some action as to precedence.  They had waived it on two occasions, but they nevertheless claimed it as a right, and he for one, would never walk after any other Society again.  He would like to see a resolution on the subject, as he thought it ought to be a rule of the Society that it should walk first or not at all: the St Jean Baptiste Society was not a national society,

Which was the case with the St George’s Society.

It was moved by Mr. KERRY, seconded by Mr. STROUD, “That the members of this Society resolve, that on all future occasions which the St George’s Society is expected to take part with the other National societies, they will only consent to do so when its right of precedence is duly accorded.”

It was moved by Mr. JOHN KERRY, seconded by Mr. GARDNER that a copy of this resolution be sent, to His Worship the Mayor. 



The evening prayers were read by the Rev CANON LOOSEMORE, after which the lessons for the day, ~~~ chap ~~~ book of Samuel, and 23 chap 2 ~~~~~ were read by the Rev Canon Bond, the remainder of the prayers were concluded by the Rev Mr. Dart.

The 87th hymn having been sung by the choir.

The Rev GEORGE SLACK, rural Dean of Beofford ascended the pulpit and took his text from the 3rd chapter of Deuteronomy, ~~~~.

Happy art thou, O Israel, who us like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield

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According to custom the society gave the Annual dinner in the evening at the Cosmopolitan.  The celebration of the Anniversary would not have been complete without the dinner in the fine old English style, and the arrangements of Gianelli were certainly excellent.  The members of the Society and a few invited guests assembled to the number of eighty, and at half-past seven entered the dining hall, where three tables had been prepared.  At the upper table, the President of the Society, John Leeming, Esq., took the chair, having on his right His Worship the Mayor, Champion Brown, Esq., GS Scott, Esq.; on his left, A Robertson, Esq., E Carter, Esq., MPP and Dean Slack.  The Vice-chairs were occupied by John Kerry and Alfred Rimmer, Esqs.  The following is the


Soups—Mock turtle, Printanere

Fish—Boiled salmon trout—Egg sauce

Entrees—Ris de Veau au Petit Pois; Grenadin au Champignons; Côtelettes d’agneau—Sauce, Tomatoes

Joints and Poultry—Roast beef (horse radish ~ roast lamb (mint sauce) boiled corn beef and greens; boiled turkey (parsley sauce); Baked ham (champagne sauce)

Vegetables—Mashed potatoes; artichokes; lettuce; turnips; parsnips

Entrements Sucree—Plum pudding; Raspberry Tarte lettes; Charlotte Russe; wine; jelly; dessert; coffee, &c. 

The room was handsomely ornamented with flags, amongst which was the banner of the society.

After the viands had been discussed the chairman read letters from Mr. Lewis, of the Custom-house, Dr Hingston, Ed Murphy, TK Ramsay, Rev Dr Wilkes, and Gen Averill, regretting their inability to attend owing to other engagements.  The chairman said this was to be regretted, especially the absence of Gen Averill, whom he certainly expected to have had on his left hand to respond to the toast of “our guests.”  Before proceeding to the announcement of the toasts the chairman said he would make a few remarks.  It was very pleasant to meet to-night so many members of St George’s Society, with other friends around them to congratulate them upon the return of St George’s day.  They met under auspices which, so far as concerned the position and usefulness of the society, this, its 34th anniversary, would compare favourably with any previous one in history.  (hear, hear)  There was, and not more than 20 or 23 years of age, when not many emigrants reached this city, and amongst the number very few Englishmen indeed.  But at that time this St George’s society, headed by the most influential, wealthy and honored names in this community, held out the hand of charity and did good service to the stranger within its gates. (applause)  At that time it was, as he was proud to say, and it had been ever since, distinguished in the maintenance of the dignity and honour which attaches to the English name.  (applause)  The city has increased in wealth and population, but it must be confessed that the society had not kept pace with it.  This was partly owing to the death of the original founders, and partly to the establishment of kindred institutions, and partly he must say, to the reprehensible conduct of Englishmen themselves. (hear, hear)  The society had passed through days of darkness, but he might safely say on this occasion that it had emerged from that night, and they were now looking to brighter and better days. (applause).  For many reasons the society had lamented the want of a good St George’s Home.  The place they had was too limited in its usefulness, and a better one was very much wanted, one with better accommodation and more specially adapted for the purpose.  To accomplish this end the officers of the society, during the past year had devoted their energies to procure the means to establish a St George’s Home somewhat worthy of the name, and in some degree commensurate with the objects they had in view, and the list of donors published in the Montreal papers of this morning certainly gave full proof of the favour with which this movement was viewed, and a more noble testimony of the liberality, charitable feelings, and public spirit of the Englishmen of this community could not be better supplied.  (Applause.)  Moreover, the names on that list had been given with such cordiality, promptitude and pleasure, that ~~~ them was a work of pleasure, a labour of love.  A great many warm friends of the society who had not put down their names had, in most instances, very pleasantly said they would do something, not just now perhaps, and he knew they were all sincere in their intentions.  There was one man who refused to give aid, for the curious reason, that the proposed Home would have shops on the ground floor, and that would make rents cheaper. (Laughter.)  But he came round.  They had now collected $8000 and although the contract for the building was $8400, they would have to pay for the land and the furnishing of the Home, and no man should hold back, but put his hand to his pocket; for they wanted at least four thousand dollars.  For any further information on the subject he would refer them to the excellent Secretary of the Society, Mr. Walker.  He would congratulate them upon the list, and felt sure they would agree with the expression of Dean Stack, in the sermon in the morning that it was “a noble subscription—a noble deed.”  He would say that the contract had been given out, the ground had been broken, the building had been commenced, and it was expected to be ready by the early part of October, and it was his intention before the termination of his tenure of office, to call them together in that place in the month of December next, and they could then consider the completion of the work.  They had undertaken a work which would be most useful and truly charitable in relieving the wants of destitute English men who may reach our shores.  (Applause.)  There were obligations which men owed to each other, and no man could justify themselves from asking the question.  “Am I discharging these obligations to the society or community in which I dwell.  No man had a right to say to another “you ought to do this” or “you ought to do that”—by no means: let every man ask that question himself: let every man be perfectly satisfied in his own mind.  Many very respected citizens here staid [sic] aloof from national societies on the ground that in a new country there should be no distinction of races or nationalities.  He thought that there ought not to be when the object in view was the attainment of any commercial or political end; but in benevolent and charitable objects there should be associations—they should associate for the purpose of referring those of our own nation who need it, associate for the purpose of standing by each other in the days of trial, associate for the purpose of cherishing in their own bosoms a love of the mother country, of the fatherland, and they should associate that their children should be brought up in the same love of England that they themselves had been.  They should associate, and be called St George’s Society, and why?  Because St George represents the rule by which Englishmen are governed.  It was quite true that the fact of St George’s Dragon, St George’s Cross, &c., have in times past had an influence with people, and were believed to be true.  He did not look upon them as legends, nor did they so look upon them; but when they saw the old flag—that glorious flag, and saw that dragon and cross, they would allude to St George as part of the British Empire, and wherever the English language is spoken—and where it was not spoken?  — and where on the habitable globed Englishmen were not to be found— and where were they not to be found?  It will be looked upon with pride and exultation, the first quarter has been given to the British nation—the lion of England takes precedent; St Andrew’s cross takes the next, and he hoped it would ever take the next (applause) and the harp of Ireland he hoped would ever take the third.  (applause.)  The rose, the thistle and the shamrock are the emblems of the mighty nations blended in the great country of Great Britain and Ireland, and may they long be entwined together.  (applause.)  The crests of lion and cross and harp were characteristics of all and each of them.  He would say so long as the mottoes should be emblazoned.  Honi soi quil ~~~~ penser, Nemo me impune laccesit, and Erin go bragh, there was something in these aspirations which was worthy of being perpetuated and it was the burden to strive that they should not forget the ancient land from which they derived their name, and the institutions and government which they all so revered and loved, and that beloved Queen who was so exalted in her beneficences. (Applause)

“The Queen” was then proposed by the chairman, and responded to with the most loyal demonstration: Mr. Maybank leading in the “National Anthem.”

“The Prince of Wales and all the Royal family” was proposed by the Chairman, and drunk with all honours.

The Chairman, in a few happy remarks, gave the toast “St George and Merrie England; the day and all who honour it,” calling on Mr. Bulmer to reply.

Mr. HENRY BULMER said—Mr. President and gentlemen.  I see so many Englishmen around this table, so much more competent to respond to this toast than I am, that I assure you it is with much diffidence and some reluctance that in obedience to your call I rise to do so.  The toast of St George and Merrie England, will be proposed and honored in all parts of the civilized world to-day.  Wherever it is proposed, it will bring before the minds of Englishmen soul stirring recollections of a glorious past, and lend them to one ~ish bright hopes and heart-felt aspirations for a still more glorious future.  Cosmopolitan is our idea as we Englishmen are apt to be—as if the whole world wore our national heritage—we have no objections that men of other nationalities should love the land of their birth, and the memories ~~~ ed with it.  On the contrary, we honor them for it.  We have no objections that they should sing the praises, and extol the virtues of their great men and dwell upon the heroic deeds they have performed.  On the contrary, we reverence these virtues and admire the heroic deeds that have shed luster and renown upon the countries that have produced those great men; but, sir, as true Englishmen, we hold that in all that constitutes true greatness in a nation, the annals of England’s history stands forth preeminent to challenge the admiration of the world.  Of the mystical, or, perhaps, mythical story of St George, I have nothing to say.  Our respected President, whose mind is so well stored with the lore of ancient as well as modern times could, I am sure, if he would both interest and instruct on this point.  He might perhaps dispel from my mind doubts that linger as to what kind of a character St George really was.  But whatever he may have been, the name of our patron saint has been associated and interwoven with the whole of England’s authentic history.  The cry of St George and merrie England has served the arms of her sons and inspired to deeds of heroic valour, and the remembrance of those deeds will incite her sons to equally heroic deeds in the future.  It is a favourite fancy with some persons that the power and greatness of England is on the wane and will soon vanish away.  They imagine that the Anglo-Saxon race is be

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St George’s Day dinner, Montreal, 1898

Montreal Daily Star, 25 April 1898, page 2

St George’s Society

Annual dinner at the Carslake Saturday night

Presentation of portrait of late WD Stroud

Montreal representatives of the “The Merrie Men of England” did due honor to the memory of Albion’s chivalrous and immortal patron saint at the annual dinner of St George’s Society, which was held at the Carslake, Saturday night.  The spacious dining room was specially draped for the occasion with the different national flags representing the component parts of the Empire, the Union Jack, of course, predominating.

In the absence in England of the President, Mr. Wm Nivin, the vice-president, Mr. E Goff Penny, MP, filled the chair; Mr. HA Hodgson, the vice-chair.  To the right and left of the chair were Lieut-Col Stevenson, representing the Mayor of Montreal; Dr Kennedy, the St Patrick’s Society; Mr. JX Perreault, St Jean Baptiste, and Mr. JH Ferns, the Irish Protestant Benevolent Society of Montreal.  Among others present were Messrs. AW Atwater, Joseph Richards, WE Smith, Hon JK Ward, FW Richards, James Harrison, HG Nivin, James Mitchell, CF Cowther, NC Trenholme, QC; CB Carter, QC; Capt. Clift, Joseph Hrosefall, AJ Whimbey, A Tattersal, Thomas Harling, RH Batholemew, PJ Illsley, EA Mumford, AI Rice, George McLeod and J Foole.

Ratto Bros.’ band discoursed music, and Mr. Illsley, organist during the singing portions of the programme.

After the discussing of a prime menu and the introductory loyal toasts having been duly disposed of, Mr. Tattersall vocally rendered “The Admiral’s Speech,” and the chairman called upon Mr. AW Atwater to propose “The Mayor of Montreal,” which he did in a happy manner, referring to Montreal as “The metropolitan city of the brightest gem of Britain’s world-wide Empire.”

Lieut-Col Stevenson, in replying for His Worship, excused his absence on the ground that he was now in New York, studying a new kind of pavement, which it was claimed would be an immense improvement on any now in use in Montreal. (Loud applause.)  The Colonel felicitously referred to the many distinguished men who had occupied the position of president of St George’s during his own half century residence here, many of whom had also been distinguished in municipal and political spheres.

Mr. Bartholemew followed with a son, when “St George and Merrie England” was proposed by Mr. Hodgson and responded to in an interesting manner by Mr. Thomas Harling, who had carefully prepared some interesting statistics for the occasion.  He pointed out that a nation of forty million people occupying 21 000 square miles of territory, had successfully established and largely colonized an empire of 280 millions population, now occupying nine millions of area of the earth’s surface, and constituting a realm far surpassing for peace, good government and general happiness and prosperity, anything the world had ever seen, or probably ever would see.  He quoted Mr. Chamberain to show that during the last decade, while France’s colonial possessions had increased 10 per cent, and Germany 15 per cent, Greater Britain had increased by leaps and bounds 33 1-3 per cent, over her status of 10 years ago, and while not desiring further territory was also determined in Mr. Chamberlain’s words, that “what we have we’ll hold.”

The next toast, “The Mayors of Outlying parishes,” was proposed by Mr. Harrison and suitably responded to by Hon JK Ward; after which a song was rendered by Mr. Mumford, and a duet by Messrs Tattersall and Horsfall.  An interesting feature of the proceedings at this point was the unveiling and presentation on behalf of the late WD Stroud, former president of the St George’s society.  Hon JK Ward, in formally making the presentation, referred to the valuable services to the society and the community at large rendered by the much-lamented, deceased president.

“The Past Presidents” having been responded to by Mr. Richards, “The sister societies” by the delegates present, and “Almost friends” by Mr. Trenholme.  Songs were rendered to the intervals by Messrs Rice, McLoed and Poole, and after “The Ladies” and “The Press” were duly honoured, a most enjoyable night’s entertainment was brought to a close just in time to avoid infringing on the new-born Sabbath morn.

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