Throngs Greet Royal Tourists On Their Visit
Galt and Berlin Gave Great Ovation to the Governor-General and His Party.
At The Falls
Duke and Princess Spent Sunday Sightseeing—Visited the American Side.
Galt, May 10.—Between fifteen and twenty thousand people lined the route of the procession yesterday and thronged Victoria Park when their Royal Highnesses the Duke of Connaught and Princess Patricia visited Galt. The streets were gaily decorated and flags were flying everywhere.
Promptly on time—2:30—the Royal train steamed slowly into the Grand Trunk station, the ducal party being gathered on the rear platform, ready to alight. The guard of honor of the 29th Light Infantry, in charter of Captain Hills, was drawn up on the platform, and the regimental band played the opening bars of the National Anthem. The Duke and Princess were received by Mayor A. E. Buchanan.
Following the inspection of the guard, the party proceeded to Victoria Park through streets banked with enthusiastic crowds. Fifteen hundred school children, accompanied by the Salvation Army band, sang "God Save the King" as the Duke and Princess entered the grounds.
A number of public men and other prominent citizens were presented to the Duke and Princess by Ald. H. W. D. Browne, chairman of the Reception Committee. After inspecting the guard of honor provided at the park by the Collegiate Institute Cadet Corps in charge of Captain McKendrick, his Royal Highness planted an English oak tree. His inspection of the school children was made all the more memorable for them by the Royal proclamation of a holiday on Monday. As the vice-regal party left for the station the scholars song "The Maple Leaf Forever."
Just prior to the distinguished visitors' departure several incidents of special interest occurred. The Mayor was presented with a pair of large autographed pictures of the Duke and Duchess of Connaught. Col. Oliver, of the 29th Regiment, was called to the steps of the car and specially complimented on the smart appearance of the guard of honor, and a request was made that the 29th Pipe Band, which was present, play his Royal Highness out of the town.
Service Medals Presented.
Berlin, Ont., May 10.—When the Governor-General's train drew up at the Grand Trunk station shortly after 10 o'clock the gathering was in readiness to extend a warm reception. Three companies of the 29th Regiment and the band of Galt, the pipers' band, the Berlin band, and a contingent of Boy Scouts lined the station platform. The Duke inspected the regiment and scouts, after being formally received by mayor W. D. Euler.
On a profusely decorated platform in front of the city hall Mayor Euler read and presented the civic address of welcome, a work of art by ex-Mayor Schmalz.
An interesting feature of the programme was the presentation by the Duke of long service medals awarded by the Militia Department to Bandsman Blinkhorn, of the 29th Regiment, and Mrs. Vander Hart, widow of the late Sergt. Vander Hart.
The distinguished visitors were then shown about the park in automobiles. At Victoria Park the Governor-General planted a tree near the Queen Victoria monument, which was unveiled by Earl Grey three years ago. A short visit to Waterloo was made, after which the party left for Galt at 12 o'clock.
Visited Niagara Falls.
Niagara Falls, Ont., May 10.—His Royal Highness the Duke of Connaught and Princess Patricia spent to-day at Niagara Falls sightseeing. Their visit was unofficial and their stay here, which ends to-morrow, uneventful. They will sleep on their special train, and are scheduled to leave the city for St. Catharines, Ont., where they will pay an official visit, at 11 o'clock in the morning.
His Royal Highness was met at the station by Sir Henry Pellatt, of Toronto, and Dr. O. Y. Grant, of this city, the new member of the Queen Victoria Park Commission. They had two automobils to place at the disposal of the party throughout the day, and a private trolley car, which had been chartered, was at the station awaiting the party upon their arrival.
The party boarded the car and made a trip of the Niagara gorge, returning on the American side. They did not leave the car. They returned to their train, where dinner was served, and in the afternoon they returned to the American side, where they visited the parks and saw the American falls at close range. Then they visited one of the power plants, and returned to their train late in the evening. A heavy shower in the afternoon somewhat interfered with the plans for the entertainment of the visitors, and they remained in the power plant most of the time. It cleared off later, however, and they enjoyed an automobile trip down the river on the American side to the escarpment opposite Queenston Heights.