City Decorated in Honour of Captain Fraser’s Return.
FESTIVITIES WERE NOT CONCLUDED TILL AN EARLY HOUR THIS MORNING.
SHERBROOKE, Que., Nov. 7.
The reception given Tuesday night to Captain C.K. Fraser, of “E” Company, First Contingent, will long be remembered by the citizens of Sherbrooke. Never before has there been witnessed such rejoicing. The whole city turned out to do honour to the gallant captain, who was accompanied by about 30 of his company. The streets through which the procession marched was lined with thousands of people. At the station the captain and his men were met by the Mayor and council, members of the Board of Trade, the 53rd Regiment, Bishop’s College School Cadets, the Harmonic Band, and the Snowshoe Club. The streets were ablaze with light and bunting, and mottoes were hung in conspicuous places. On passing Captain Fraser’s home, about 400 school children were drawn up in line, and sung patriotic songs. The skating rink, where the reception took place, was decorated with mottoes and bunting, and presented a very pretty appearance. On entering the hall the boys in khaki were received with round after round of cheers. They were escorted to the platform by Colonel Worthington and officers of the battalion.
His Worship Mayor L.C. Belanger then read the civic address of welcome.
Captain Fraser, on rising to reply, was received with cheers and the singing of “For he’s a jolly good fellow”. He thanked the citizens of Sherbrooke for the manner in which they had received him. He told how proud he was to command such a gallant lot of men as were “E” Company. They were men whom any man would be glad to lead on the field of battle. (Applause). The reception which had been given them was the best since they had landed in Canada. (Applause). Col. Worthington, of the 53rd Regiment, in an eloquent speech, presented Captain Fraser with a sword of honour given by the officers of the 53rd Regiment and citizens. Col. Worthington also presented Captain Fraser with a present from Lieut.-Col. King, and the two men from Sherbrooke, who were in “E” Company, with a purse of money.
Mr Justice White then delivered a stirring address, and the boys in khaki were then served with refreshments by the ladies.
The gathering broke up at an early hour by the singing of “Auld Lang Syne”. The men will be the guests of the city today.