The Future Argyll and the Railroad Scandal
(first notice of future Argyll hotel)
New Hotel--A meeting of the inhabitants was held in Russell’s Hall, on Saturday evening, for the purpose of taking into the consideration the building of a large summer hotel in this place. . . . Several persons addressed the Chair, giving their views as to the propriety of erecting a large hotel for summer visitors and others who may enjoy sea bathing and recruiting their health. . . .”
For the Standard—
Mr. Editor:--It pleases me very much to see the improvements made and in prospect for St. Andrews. There are not many prettier localities to reside in or healthier places in the Province. The facilities for trade with the upper country, the Islands and the United States are not surpassed by any place in the Province; an open harbor at all seasons, a railway running into the country nearly one hundred miles, with branches connecting us with SS, Woodstock, Richmond, and Houlton, Maine; also connecting us by “Western Extension” with Fredericton and St. John. There is a train running on Western Extension between this province and the State of Maine which in a year or more ill connect us with Bangor, Maine. Then we have steamboat connection with Calais, St. Stephen and Eastport. At the last named place we can take the International Lien of Steamers for Portland and Boston, as soon as the season opens, and also steamboat communication with Saint John byway of St. George and other ports.
The scenery of our harbor, the surrounding country and Island, is delightful. For boating, fishing or driving this place is not surpassed by any in the country; the lakes and bays are teeming with fish of very species.
There are many persons who wish to take advantage of our pleasant and healthy climate, but are deprived of the privilege by lack of sufficient hotel accommodation; but I hope that the movement to erect a Summer Hotel may not be defeated by dissensions as to where it may be located. It will not make much difference at which end of the town we build, or if in the middle, as long as we get it built. There will be plenty of visitors if we only have the accommodation for them.
It will be noticed that an application is to be made at the next Session of the Legislature to incorporate the St. Andrews Hotel Company. This shows its promoters are in earnest.
Piece on St. Andrews Hotel Company. See photocopy. And Saint John hotel construction, tourist trade.
From the Boston Journal of Monday (April 3):
A SUMMER RESORT--”We know of few places more delightful to visit during our warm season than Saint John, NB. Its bracing climate, romantic drives, beautiful scenery, with its genial people, kind and hospitable in the highest degree, render it a charming summer resort, and the thousands of our own people who have visited tell other thousands, and the three trips a week of the steamers of the International line will not be enough to carry all who desire to go. In the fall the railway will be completed through to Saint John, and then the stream of travel will be divided into two channels. With wise foresight they have formed a hotel Company, and the result has been the erection of a splendid edifice capable of accommodating with the greatest comfort 300 guests, and on an emergency 400. It has been fitted with all the modern conveniences, and will be, when finished, one of the most thoroughly equipped first class hotels on the continent. No pains have been spared, and no expense withheld. One of our Boston architects, Mr. Washburn, has personally superintended the erection, and all his skill has been directed to making it first class in every respect. It has been leased to Mr. Cregan, long known as the favorite chief steward of the International Steamship Company, and under his management it will be a great boon to the travelling public. If he keeps up the course he adopted in the International Steamers, he will gain the support of the travelling public on land as he has so largely at sea.”
The foregoing article we trust will have the effect of stirring up the St. Andrews Hotel Company to immediate and energetic action; and every encouragement should be given them in their praiseworthy efforts, to obtain subscriptions [shares? see Bridges as ‘subscriber’ of the Railroad Hotel] for the purpose. The description of the climate of Saint John and its scenery, will apply with even more force to SA, which owing to its local position, possesses greater advantages from its healthy locality, sea-bathing, fishing, and beautiful drives. Visitors from the States have spoken in the highest terms of the Town and surrounding country; but complained of the want of spacious Hotel accommodation. It is devoutly to be desired that this want may be supplied ere another year passes over; and that in the mean time preparations will be made to accommodate all those who may visit the town this season for recreation and health.
Plug for tourism and a summer hotel. See photocopy. One of several economic possibilities for town--a new addition to the usual list.
As a watering place few parts of this continent present so many inducements. Being in daily communication by steamboat and rail with the rest of the world, rejoicing in a healthy, salubrious, invigorating climate, St. Andrews is without rival in New Brunswick, and is far in advance of many of the watering places in the United States. Already have visitors begun to arrive, and there is little doubt but that the number this year, will be much larger than any year heretofore.
To bring about these changes for the better, requires exertion and a willingness on the part of every one to do his best endeavor--with energy, perseverance, industry, economy not parsimony, striving to help himself and others. To attract strangers, accommodation up to the spirit of the age must be provided, and it is much to be desired that a valiant effort should be made to get large hotel accommodation, and that duty is cast upon those who were instrumental in securing the incorporation of the Saint Andrews Hotel Company, and the Legislation enabling the Town to aid to the extent of $5,000.
There cannot be a more desirable site for such a Hotel than on the highest ground on the Eastern Commons. Let the Justices, donate to the Hotel Company all the land between the town Plot and the line of the Railway, and give the right to clear at least 10 acres of that part between the Railway and the shore, on condition that the Company clear it up and ornament it. Let a stock list at once be opened, and let those who have money and property not be afraid to take stock in this undertaking. Even if not directly a paying investment at least, it will be indirectly, and in the long run must pay well; and let the people of the town determine to aid this undertaking by taking stock in the Company to the extent of $5,000.
The Hon. Mr. Tilley, and the Hon. Dr. Tupper and family are expected here on Friday next from Ottawa, and it is probably that Sir John and Lady McDonald will be guests of the Minister of Customs during the summer. Several other distinguished Canadians will pay St. Andrews a flying visit, as at present there are not accommodations for their families, a difficulty which it is hoped will be removed ere another season comes round. Several families we heard of, who desired to spend the summer here, have been obliged to adopt Digby and other seaports, as they could not obtain lodgings here.
Exhortation to build the New Hotel. See photocopy. Also following piece on Tilley visit and lack of accommodation.
Is the scheme of which we head so much during the winter, and which gave such flattering hopes of success to end where it began? On paper; or, are our people going to put their shoulders to the wheel and carry it out to completion? Are we not all tired of hearing, reading or even writing the fact patent to all who have eyes in their head, that St. Andrews is a place destined by nature for a sea-bathing summer retreat to which the parched up, semi-smothered denizens of the smoke begrimed cities of the Dominion will hasten during the heat of summer as to a terrestrial paradise. Have we talked about and waited so long, for this flood of strangers and money that we now believe ourselves to have been the victims of delusion, and that either our town does not possess the advantages which we fondly imagined it did, or else that those who were wont to patronize the Saratogas of the continent must have given the practice up or have gone on a new route to Europe, Asia or the cool shades and mosquitoes of Greenland or Labrador.
To a greater or less extent our people are the victims of this delusion. We are too apt to believe that all the world knows of our town, and its advantages, when the fact is that the world does not know of our existence. If the inhabitants of Boston one and all knew just what we know about these matters, we venture to predict that no $5,000 would be wanted from the town for the erection of a hotel. The demand for accommodation would so surely follow the knowledge of our climate and privileges as to end in the erection of Hotels by those speculators every ready to indulge in a sure thing.
What is wanted of us then is this:--We must let people know of our beautiful town, of its healthiness, its easy accessibility, and the delicious coolness of our climate. We must let them know of our quiet security, and the absence of riots in our streets, drunkenness, murder, thefts, and those other disgusting crimes which are daily being perpetrated around them in their city home, being here almost unknown. And we must ask them to come, and get ready to receive them. The Hotel must be built. As all will be benefited by its erection each should contribute according to his ability towards its erection. The Country people who find here a market for their produce will be benefited perhaps as much as any other class of the community, and as their credit a the Savings Bank is very large, they can and should thrown in their mite. It is useless to plead that those only should invest, who can afford to lose their contribution. Our rich men are no more able to build it than our poor. Cooperation is what is wanted. How many of those who can afford to lose $20.00 are unwilling to invest that amount. But who can say that money so invested will be lost. Similar investments in other places prove very good paying cones, and if our advantages are so much superior why should not our speculation be surer. The promoters of the scheme ought now to come to the front, and let the public say whether the town shall pay that $5,000 or not. Should that donation be refused by our citizens, we say forever after let them hold their peace concerning our advantages and the good time coming. The hope of our future, we believe with old Noll--Trust in Providence, but keep your powder dry.
Another hotel call. See photocopy. Too blurry to read.
Hotel call. See photocopy. $6,000 raised, amid some grumbling.
A meeting of the Stockholders in the New Hotel is called for the 8th July, in the Masonic Hall. At which Bye laws are to be established and Directors elected. Other matters connected with the affairs of the company will also be considered.
We hope that the meeting will be as large a one, as the importance of the subject to be discussed merits. it is long since a question of such moment has been submitted to our citizens, and it ought to gladden the hearts of all lovers of progress, to find that this project, fraught with such prospects of material prosperity to our citizens, has at length taken definite form and has such bright prospects of being brought to a more successful issue. What we want to make dollars more plentiful among us is notice--the notice of the outside world, of men of means, who can develop our resources, and use our privileges to their own and our advantage. Certainly no better method of accomplishing this can be devised than the construction of the proposed hotel.
It may be urged that it won’t pay. Who knows that such will be the case. Does the Wharf pay? Was not the same objection urged against it! Do no Hotels of this description pay? Yes, hundreds of them are among the best paying speculations in other countries. He is a bold man who can say he knows that such will be the case. We do not pretend to say that it will pay, but this much we can affirm without fear of contradiction--it has every appearance of a sure thing. The site is unparalled, and that is everything. The demand for accommodation is great even now, and would increase year by year. St. John, Fredericton, and Calais would to-day were it built furnish quite a large number of visitors. Soon it would become a fashionable thing, and when it reaches that stage, the investment is secure.
We are pleased to learn that the amount subscribed in the town already exceeds $6,000, being $1,000 more than was sought to be raised. And again we have to say--well done St. Andrews. Self-reliance and unanimity are beginning to get the upper hand of supine grumbling and petty self-interest. These have every barred the path of improvement and kept things in status quo.
A little public spirit (which by the way is the best paying sort of a spirit, both in the beginning, middle and end), together with combination, will do more for our material improvement, than all the grumbling and bragging about our situation, climate, etc, can ever accomplish. Let us have done then with such, we have tried that tack long enough, it does not bring us any nearer our destination; let us try the other, it has led others to riches and prosperity, and why should it not do the same kind office for us.
Again we would urge a full attendance at the meeting of the 8th July, and a continuance of the good spirit which has hitherto prevailed in the prosecution of this scheme.
Ad for Empire City Circus. See photocopy.
Report on progress with Hotel project. See photocopy.
A meeting of the Stockholders of the St. Andrews Hotel Company was held according to notice, in Masonic Hall, on Saturday evening last. There was a considerable number present. . . . The Chairman expressed great pleasure in calling this the first meeting of the Stockholder to order, and read the Act of Incorporation. It was moved, second and carried, that a committee of three shareholders be appointed to draft a code of Bye Laws for the government of the Company. The Chairman appointed Hon. B. R. Stevenson, R. Robinson, Esq., and Dr. N. G. D. Parker, for the purpose. Mr. Stevenson submitted a draft of Bye Laws which were reported favourably on by the Committee. On motion they were received and order to lie on the table. They were read section by section, adopted, and ordered to be engrossed. It was then moved that the meeting proceed to the election of Directors for the ensuing year, and that the holder of not less than ten shares be eligible for the purpose. The following persons were declared duly elected:--R. Robinson, H. Osburn, B. R. Stevenson, H. O’Neill. Moved that the chairman leave the chair, and that Mr. Robinson take the same. A vote of thanks was then passed to the Chairman for his able and impartial conduct while presiding, which Mr. Robinson conveyed to Mr. Paul. The meeting as characterized by the greatest harmony, and by a resolute determination to proceed with the erection of the proposed hotel and the earliest moment. Ground plans of the building and grounds, with an explanatory letter from the Architect, Mr. J. T. C. McKean, of St. John, were laid before the meeting and approved. From the composition of the Directory, we are safe in stating hat no time will be lost in proceeding with the work, and that measures will be adopted for getting out the frame, and having it erected and closed in before winter. We trust that a ready and willing response will be made to the calls of the Directors, for the percentage of stock required. It is hoped to have the building open for visitors early in July next year.
There are more visitors in St. Andrews at present than for many years; and they express themselves delighted with its pure and balmy air--the accommodations, the scenery, the drives and the bathing. A gentleman of means suggested the erection of Bathing Houses, in which he would have no objection to take stock. Many more families intend coming, when the New Hotel is erected. Even some Calais and St. Stephen friends are enjoying a short visit to our town. Some of the strangers have had a trip up the railway and speak in commendatory terms of the attentions of the employees. We are happy to state that no time will be lost in pushing forward the work on the new Hotel.
Effect of Victoria Hotel on Saint John tourism. If you build it, they will come. Renewed call for hotel for St. Andrews by next summer. See photocopy. Support not unanimous.
The voting to authorize the Town of St. Andrews to aid the St. Andrews Hotel Company, took place on Thursday last in the Court House, and resulted in a large majority, to assess the Town $5,000 for that purpose. We have been furnished with a correct statement of the vote (93 yeas, 13 nays). It is only fair to state that owing to the absence from Town of several property holders known to be favorable to assessment, the number of yeas is not so great as it otherwise would have been ; but the vote is sufficiently large to show that the majority are in favor of the Hotel being erected. We may mention with reference to hotels, that the influx of visitors to Saint John since the opening of the Victoria Hotel is so great, that the want of another hotel will soon be felt, as seriously as was the need of that first class establishment. A correspondent from the States writing to one of the leading Massachusetts journals, says:--”The new hotel is likely to give a new impetus to the prosperity of Saint John. It gives character to the City and will enable it to monopolize provincial visitors, of whom there are now 1000 arriving in Saint John weekly via the international steamers.”
These statements apply with equal force to our own beautiful town, which is so universally and deservedly admired by all who visit it. Let us have the hotel ready for visitors early next summer. Nature has done all that is necessary; let us now apply art and skill.
Piece on Hotel. See photocopy.
The Sessions carried out the wishes of the townspeople, by granting all the vacant land on the commons, between the Railway Track and Patrick Street, the lowest street of the Town--to the Hotel Company for the nominal sum of $4. (The illustration of the town from the International Steamship Company’s booklet for 1890 shows that Patrick Street used to go right up to Prince of Wales, and that the Argyll was located off Patrick on the east side of Patrick between Parr and Carleton.) This was good policy, and with the liberal amount taken by the Town ($5,000) in Stock will we believe ensure the building of the Hotel. We have heard several mechanics assert that they would be willing to take stock in the undertaking, as soon as the Company entered into a contract for its construction. The old foggy ideas and obstructive opinions, are fast fading out, before that desire for progress and advancement which we are happy to state are daily increasing. The people feel that they cannot afford to lie by while all around is advancing. The energetic Directory of the hotel company will now no doubt push the work on as fast as circumstances will permit. Visitors during the past summer frequently declared that all that was required to make St. Andrews a fashionable summer resort was a large hotel, and the erection of bathing houses. They all expressed themselves pleased with the place, its balmy air, delightful drives . . .
Ad for tenders for new Hotel. See photocopy.
The contracts for the excavation and masonry of the cellar of the new Hotel have been let, and men are busy at work on the site. It is probable that a number of men will be employed during the winter on this building.
New Hotel foundation almost finished. Mr. Handy contractor.
With the close of the year, came the commencement of another work of great importance to our Town [like European and North American Railway]; we refer to the new Hotel, the foundation walls of which are now nearly finished. When completed the St. Andrews Hotel will be second in size and magnificence only to the famed “Victoria,” and we have no doubt will prove as successful a speculation. The purchase of residences made by the Hon. Messrs. Tilley and Dr. Tupper are also good omens for us. We may be pardoned for using the simile, but our face seems to be our fortune, and our beauty is becoming known and appreciated.
The architect, Mr. Humphrey, who has obtained the contract for framing, boarding in and shingling the new Hotel, commenced work on Monday morning, with a strong staff of workmen, which will be increased in a few days. A large number of persons were on the grounds during the day, and all wished the work “good speed.’
Ad for Railroad Hotel. See photocopy. Dated April 17/1872. Owner Clark. Also notice by St. Andrews Hotel Company.
Account of summer attractions for tourists. See photocopy.
The weather for the past few days has been unusually warm, indeed the most so for several years; the pleasant and refreshing sea breeze however, in the afternoons tempers the heat; and visitors admit that a more healthy and pleasant summer resort than St. Andrews is not within hundred of miles. Invigorating sea-bathing--good fishing, and shooting--pleasant drives--a healthy climate--well supplied market--cheap living and agreeable society, are among the advantages possessed by the town. The hotels are well kept, and patronized; and when the new hotel is finished it is probably that large influx of stranger will visit this place, and enjoy the privileges it possesses. A gentleman from Ontario who was here a few days ago remarked to us, that more picturesque scenery, and pleasant little town, was not in the Dominion, and he has shown his appreciation by purchasing property, and no doubt many others will follow his example.
Account of meeting of SAHC. See photocopy. Financial details.
A meeting of the Hotel Company was held last evening as the Town Hall. Several influential Stockholders were present. The President in the Chair, the Secretary read the report of the Directors which went fully into the affairs of the Company. We have only space to notice a few items. Town stock was 8,322.00 Amount collected 6026.00 Balance due 2295 Town Bonds sold and realized, 4300.00. Cash received 10,200. Amount expended 13,068.00. Cash in hand 2.80. Amount due directors 2,869.00 Labour and materials 684.00. Unsecured liability 1,254.00. The estimate prepared of the amount required to complete the building ready for furniture is $7,000, WHICH WITH THE UNSECURED DEBTS MAKE A TOTAL of 8,500.00. There would be no difficulty in obtaining a person to rent the hotel. A resolution was passed that $7,000 of unsubscribed stock be issued as preference stock, to bear interest at 6 per cent, to be payable out of rents of hotel on such terms as the Directors may determine. Want of space prevents our giving as full a report as we could wish; but we are happy to state, that a favorable disposition is manifested to carry on the work to completion.
From reliable sources we learn that a number of summer visitors would come to St. Andrews to remain for a few weeks, provided they can obtain suitable accommodation, at either hotels or private residences. The hotels are being fitted up. As many private families are desirous of visiting the place, and prefer private residences with board and lodging, those who can accommodate them can make it known through the columns of the Standard.
Grand Gift Enterprise to Complete the St. Andrews Hotel. Reproduced in Willa’s book.
Tupper back in town.
Piece on summer visitors and hotels in St. Andrews. See photocopy
It is generally believed, that persons from Ontario and other parts of Canada will visit the Maritime Provinces, during the present season--among them are reported some of the leading political magnates. St. Andrews with its salubrious climate, splendid drives, healthful sea bathing, beautiful bay for yachting, excellent fishing and other pleasures, offers advantages for invalids, or pleasure seekers, not surpassed in the province. True there are no immense hotels, such as large cities can boast of, nevertheless there are good hotels of moderate size, well conducted, and supplied with everything that a reasonable visitor could expect, and at moderate prices; among them we may mention Morrison’s hotel, the “Megantic,’ the “Passamaquoddy,” and near the Railway station, Kennedy’s hotel, which has been recently enlarged. In addition to these are several private boarding houses, which have heretofore been patronized. Communication with all parts of the continent is kept up daily by steam, rail and sate. And we may add that the hospitality of St. Andrews people is proverbial. With these advantages it is hoped that during the next few weeks, many will improve the opportunity of leaving the dusty, close and over-heated cities, and enjoy all the comforts we have briefly alluded to.
We are informed that many of the private boarding houses are already engaged for summer visitors. The hotels have also prepared for the reception of their summer guests.
Some persons from over the border [could it have been Robert Gardiner and his friends?] examined the “New Hotel” (so-called) at the Point, for the purpose of fitting it up temporarily as a summer resort for a few families who wish to avail themselves of sea-bathing, etc. It is a private speculation and may or may not be carried out; but we were surprised to read in an exchange that--The NB&C Railway contemplate completing the St. Andrews Hotel, and preparing it ready for guests. There surely must be some mixing up the visit of those persons who inspected the building, with the report.
NB&C Railway to complete the New Hotel and supply daily trains half the year. See photocopy.
On Monday last, the NB&C Railway Directors met the St. Andrews Railway committee in the Sheriff’s office, to enter into an arrangement with reference to the running of daily trains, and other matters connected with the line. . . . After much consultation, lasting all day, we learn that an agreement was drawn up, which, when ratified at a public meeting of the inhabitants of this Town, will be signed by the Directors. The following is we are informed a summary of its provisions:
Trains to run daily six months each year, from April 1 to October 1. The present season from first of July.
The new hotel to be finished for occupancy in twelve months.
The Railway Company to pay all costs of the suit. This is but an outline of the principal provisions of the agreement, and has met the approval of the Committee as the best terms which could be obtained. The meeting we learn was harmonious, and it is to be hoped a better understanding will exist henceforward. The St. Andrews Committee have executed the trust committed to them in a very satisfactory and able manner. (Sounds like the completion of the hotel was a condition of avoiding the courts over attempting to cut train service in SA)
What’s in a name? It is said that the “Argyll House,” is the name suggested for the New Hotel when completed by the Railroad Company. Would it not be well to wait until the building is ready for occupation, before giving it a name. It is the usual practice to name vessels when ready for launching, and inventions when completed.
1st notice of Argyll Hotel Company. Advertisement with board of directors. See photocopy.
Schedule for NB Railway Co. Summer 1879
St. Croix Courier
2nd and 3rd flats of Argyll finished. Everything to be done in 3-4 weeks.
Amount collected from rate payers for defraying legal expenses for carrying suit against NB&C Railway compelling them to run daily trains, returned, as “an amenable arrangement was effected by the Railway Directors with the Committee, by which proceedings were stayed.”
New Hotel finished from first to third flat. Now for furnishing and occupation. We have not heard of anyone applying to rent it.
Argyll Hotel will be finished by NB and C Railway Co. Hope for future of St. Andrews as watering place. See photocopy and below.
“We are happy to be able to congratulate our readers upon the fact that the differences between the New Brunswick and Canada Railway Company and our town, have been for the present at least, brought to a satisfactory termination, one condition of the settlement being that the Railway Company are to finish the New Hotel, and this part of the agreement has already been nearly completed.
St. Croix Courier
The Argyll Hotel. (long and excellent description; piece on beauties of SA)
Standing alone on an eminence at the foot of the town, near the railway station and steamboat landing, and commanding a magnificent view of the bay and its islands, of the town with its quaint and picturesque houses, of the inner harbour and navy island, of the St. Croix and the American shore, and of the mountains of Chamcook and Bocabec, this fine structure is one of the first objects on which the eye rests when approaching the town from any direction. Our reporter had the pleasure of being shown through the building one evening last week by the genial and gentlemanly proprietor, Captain Herbert. On entering he found himself in the large and handsome hall, which is finished with hard pine floor, and tinted walls and at night, is illuminated by light from twelve lamps, supported on two elegant chandeliers. Off the hall are the office, gentleman’s sitting room, coat and bath rooms, and two side halls, one leading to the commodious private apartments of Captain Herbert, the other to the kitchen and pantries. The dining room is also connected to the main hall by folding doors. We may safely say that his is one of the finest rooms of its kind in the Province. It is 54 feet long by 44 feet wide, with a ceiling 24 feet high. It is finished with a floor of southern pine, black ash wainscoting, and tinted walls, which are ornamented with several fine works of art. From the ceiling depends two chandeliers, similar to those in the hall, while to the walls are affixed six brackets, each containing a lamp. In the rear of the dining room is a billiard room, which will be furnished with two tables. The kitchen is large and conveniently arranged. It contains three sinks, a force pump to supply water to the sinks, and to the bath rooms upstairs, and one of Walker, Pratt and Co., wrought iron French cooking ranges, which is heated by two fires and in which are a broiler, two large ovens, and a reservoir capable of holding 100 gallons of water. A door opens from the kitchen into a pantry, 16 by 28 feet, in which are placed a large stove, bins containing flour, sugar, etc., and closets and drawers for the crockery and glassware. Passing again into the main hall, our reporter was ushered up a broad hall of southern pine, with banisters of black walnut and found himself on the second flat. Here are the ladies parlours, luxuriantly furnished, bath rooms and bed chambers. On the third flat are a number of large and neatly furnished rooms. In all there are 62 apartments ready for occupants, 39 of which have already been engaged. Orders for others are continually being received. Indeed, so encouraging has been the patronage accorded to Capt. Herbert that it has been decided to erect a south east wing immediately. three flag staffs have been erected on the roof, from which will float the flags of Great Britain, of Canada, and of the United States.
In the immediate vicinity stands a large stable which is under the charge of Mr. W. E. Mallory, whose well known ability to supply first-class turnouts to those requiring them need not be enlarged on here.
The hotel will be formally opened on the 24th of the present month. At 1 o’clock the magnates of the N. B. and C. R. R. will be served with dinner, and in the evening a ball, which promises to be one of the grandest social events ever witnessed in the shire town, will be held. Supper will be served at high twelve. A brass bank will furnish the music. No efforts will be spared to make it a success in every way. Guests coming from a distance and wishing to remain until next day, will find ample accommodation at the hotel.
In concluding this notice, we would say that we know of no more pleasant place than St. Andrews in which to spend the summer months. What could be more enjoyable than to wander over the gravely beaches and occasionally to plunge into the cool and health-giving waters; to recline on a green knoll, under the shade of one of the neighbouring trees, and read a page of a favorite author, or watch the white-winged boats as they flit to and fro over the blue waters; to embark and drink idly over the waves, or sail with swift keel on voyages of exploration along the coasts of the bay, or to the islands of the river in which dwell historic reminiscences of DeMonts and his crew of hardly Frenchmen; to cast a line into the depths and bring forth its treasures of mackerel and haddock and cod; to shou8lder gun and walk to the Narrows for ducks, or along the beaches for sand pipers and plover; to drive over the broad streets of the town . . . .