Perth Courier - July 16, 1909


Scores of Lodges Walk in Monster Parade and Thousands view the sight


The greatest celebration this town has been sponsor for was the Orange demonstration on Monday. Things were working in Perth’s interests this year. There was no annual celebration in the two Orange Counties of Leeds and Grenville and the numerous lodges there came to Perth. Then a large contingent from the Ottawa Valley and likewise from the Tweed district. The crowd was enormous. The number of Orangemen present was enormous and altogether the celebration was the greatest ever in Perth.

Special trains were run from Tweed, Arnprior, Winchester, Smith’s Falls and the Brockville district. These trains brought in their thousands. They began to arrive about half-past ten and for the next hour and a half the Perth lodges and band were busy giving the glad hand of welcome. The local masters, Wm. Wilson and Wm. Howie led the way on their white chargers decorated with the latest fashions. The lodges as they arrived in town were paraded to their several stopping places. The lodges around Perth drove in individually, and in lodge formation. The visiting sightseers came by train, horse, boat and auto, and by noon the greatest crowd Perth had ever seen was quartered comfortably in the town. It is estimated that 10,000 people were here on Monday.

Old Perth looked pretty gay for the glorious twelfth. Arches were erected at different points all covered with evergreens and trees of the same wood were planted at regular paces all along the main street. Private stores and residences were decorated. Our manufactories closed for the occasion and all citizens vied in welcoming the immense throng of people here....

The big procession was formed at the Athletic Grounds and got under way about two o’clock. Its route was cross town by Cockburn to Drummond to D’Arcy to Wilson to Foster , Gore, Harvey, to the grounds again. It was a monster affair and took over an hour to pass any one given point. The County Director of Ceremonies, Richard Stanzell, of Carleton Place was in charge of the parade. The Citizens band of Perth led the grand march around town, followed by the County Master and speakers and True Blues in carriages. Then came the different lodges according to number. Old Number One led off, with its piccolo band, flutes fifes and drums all playing all the old catchy airs. The banners streamed afar and floated gracefully in the noon day sun, heralding the march of thousands of old men, young men and boys who were sworn to Orangeism. The noise was constant and terrible, but everything being happy, why worry? The procession in a nutshell was as follows:

Perth Citizens Band, County Master, officers and speakers in carriages. South Leeds L.O.L., Brockville Brass Band, No. 1 - Brockville, No. 14 - Addison, No. 26 - Lansdown, No. 57 - Escott.

Gananoque Fife and Drum Band, No. 51 - Gananoque, No. 100 - Dulcemain, No. 220 - Bellemya, No 233 - South Lake, No. 434 - Rock Spring, No. 941 - New Dublin

Dundas L.O.L., Winchester Brass Band, No. 38 - Inkerman, No. 239 - South Mountain, No. - 580 - Winchester Springs, No. 862 - Winchester

Frontenac L.O.L., No. 194 - Fermoy, No 247 - Oso, No. 252 - Arden, No. 982 - Mountain Grove, No. 995 - Verona, No. 1038 - Tichbourn, No. 482 - Stella, No. 841 - Glenvale

Hastings L.O.L., No. 94 - Tweed, No. 992 - Hungerford

Lanark L.O.L., No. 7 - Drummond, No. 31 - North Montague, No. 48 - Smith’s Falls, No. 88 - Carleton Place, No. 92 - Innisville, No. 115 - Cedar Hill, No. 190 - Montague Corners, No. 292 - Harper, Smith’s Falls Rideau Band, No. 291 - Smith’s Falls, No 378 - Almonte, No. 381 - Franktown, No. 383 - White Lake, No. 473 - Port Elmsley, No. 512 - Montague, No. 519 - Maberly, No. 520 - Pakenham, No. 705 - Mud Creek, No. 788 - Drummond, No. 789 - Poland, No. 1307 - Clayton,

North Leeds L.O.L., 42nd. Regimental Band Smith’s Falls, No. 2 - Oak Leaf, No. 8 - Kitley, No. 42 - Easton’s Corners, No. 47 - Westport, No. 49 - Newboro, No. 70 - New Boyne, No. 87 - Newbliss, No. 90 - Lombardy, No. 144 - Portland, No. 183 - Elgin, No. 226 - Lyndhurst, No. 289 - Toledo, No. 341 - Athens, No. 910 - Jasper, No. 503 - Summers Corners

Ladies Lodge True Blues: No. 17 - Brockville, No. 14 - Gananoque, Jasper, Smith’s Falls

Orange Young Britons: No. 65 - Burritt’s Rapids, No. 71 - Merrickville, No. 120 - Smith’s Falls, No 257 - Carleton Place, No. 141 - Sharbot Lake, Almonte, No. 221 - Perth

Grenville: No. 33 - Merrickville, No. 37 - Burritt’s Rapids, No. 25 - North Rideau, No. 72 - Oxford Mills, No. 143 - Miller’s Corners, No. 178 - East Oxford, No. 225 - Rideau Hall, No. 334 - Kemptville, No. 337 - Garretton, No. 347 - Carleys Corners, No. 406 - Heckston, No. 406 - Victoria Hall, No. 504 - Roebuck, No. 515 - Acton’s Corners, No. 555 - Spencerville, No. 845 - North Augusta, No. 969 - Bishop’s Mills, No. 1054 - Lord Mills, No. 1227 - Shanley, No. 1005 - Hemlock’s Corners

Only about half of the lodges returned to the Athletic Grounds, where the speeches were to be made, and but a small percentage stuck it out. County Master, Colonel Balderson, was chairman for the day and in calling for order, he said that today in all parts of the British Empire, wherever there was an Orange Lodge organized, they were celebrating and commemmorating King William’s great victory at the Boyne. The battle and victory at the Boyne secured for us civil and religious liberties we enjoy today. There was no personal animosity against Roman Catholics.... The County Master held that there was today the same need for Orangeism in Canada as in the years gone by, and there would always be the struggle between the Catholic church as a political institution and the Orange Order.... Still the struggle continues and the endeavor of the Orange Order is to offset their encroachment on our civil and religious liberties.


Thomas Gilday, a former well-known Lanark boy, now past Grand Master of Quebec, was the first speaker. He spoke of the growth of the order all over Canada, the membership now being 250,000.... It is a mistaken idea that Orangeism stands for perpetual war on Roman Catholics. Orangeism stands for freedom of conscience, freedom of press, and against clerical interference, no matter where it comes from. Orangemen are doing less than their duty if they didn’t fight for the rights of Catholics. But there is one thing that we perpetually object to and that is the clerical and political interference by the Roman church.... We want one grand national school, so our Catholic boys and girls and Protestant boys and girls can grow up together.....

Reverend Dr. Stobo of Smith’s Falls was the next speaker, and he gave a clear cut message on the three essentials in the making of a nation: one language, one flag, one school.... There should be no non English schools outside of Quebec. Every Canadian official should speak the English language, and every public document should be published in English.... The flag stands for the authority of the Crown, the loyalty of the people and one king. We are told things are different in Quebec. There the tricolour flag, which the speaker dramatically displayed to view, is worshipped. That flag is the emblem of the French Bourbons, standing for the union of the church and state. It is the hope of the French today. It is the hope of the Bourassa-Lavargue party whose idea is a French Republic, including Quebec, Eastern Ontario, Maine, a part of Vermont and the lower provinces. “That flag” said the speaker “stands for treason to the British Crown. It is a strange thing our politicians do not speak about it.” There are in Quebec several independent military organizations pledged to defend their church with their hearts blood. Likewise the speaker wanted to know who authorized those and he hoped the day would come when these things would be known. The celebration of mass on the Plains of Abraham last summer when the military guards went on their knees before the elevated host, thus putting the Pope first and the King second, made an honest man burn with shame and anger....


The other speakers were Colonel Checkley, P.C.M. of Grenville; Hon. Colonel A. J. Matheson, Treasurer of the Province of Ontario; Captain A. W. Gray, of Westport; J. B. Kidd, Grand Master, Orange Young Britons; Dr. J. J. McGregor, Carleton Place; Reverend H. P. Woodcock, Chaplain No. 1, Brockville; Reverend Carl Allum, and Reverend W. E. Kidd, county chaplain of Leeds.

Upon the conclusion of the speeches a hearty vote of thanks was moved Colonel Balderson, who in reply said that a great deal of the success of the demonstration rested with the Perth Orangeman.


It was a glorious twelfth.
1175 tickets were sold from Smith’s Falls
The Ferry Road lodge drove to town in order
The St. Louis carried the Westport Orangemen.
Sure, ‘twas a grand day for our youngest colonel.
The Port Himsley lodge was the best dressed in parade.
Did you see Jimmie Anderson, the Franktown drummer?
The County Master, Col. J. M. Balderson, was the kingpin of the day.
Once more it was a glorious twelfth.
There were three or four fights in the evening, but just by way of diversion.
The chief of police and his assistants had a pretty orderly crowd to handle.
One or two of the visitors had too much of the O be joyful and were cooped to sober up, being sent home when their train left.
The committee in charge was: -- County Master Col. Balderson, D. Maybee, secretary, James Gamble, Sam Rob, Charles Joynt, Wm. Moulton, and Melville Ashby.
And in conclusion, it sure was a glorious twelfth.