Saskatoon Star Phoenix
September 12, 1919. p.1&6
Saskatoon bade an enthusiastic good-bye to the future sovereign of Britain
last evening, the Prince of Wales, the young man with whom they fell in love
during his short stay here. From all appearances not one soul in town missed
seeing him at some time or other during his stay. Fifty thousand saw him,
and twenty thousand of these were at the stampede.
His happy smile, his unaffected manner, his whole-hearted boyish enthusiasm,
captured the hearts of all. The crowning moment of the day came when he
requested permission at the stampede to ride a bronco. When he climbed
out of the royal pavilion to the back of the horse and rode up the track
in front of the grandstand, the last bonds of restraint broke, and the entire
gigantic attendance rose to their feet and went crazy. He was so happy about
it all that his face fairly beamed, and another burst terrific burst of applause
followed as he lined his horse up in the centre of a ring of cowboys and
had his picture taken. That the Prince enjoyed this as much as anyone was
plain by his joyous smile.
The entire staff accompanying His Royal Highness was unanimous in asserting
that Saskatoon's reception was absolutely and unquestionably the best conducted
and the most enjoyable of any that has been tendered during the whole trip
from the eastern coast. Originality was the key-note of it all, and every
member was enthusiastic in his reference to it. All six of the royal train
spoke of him in glowing terms.
A notable feature of the afternoon is that the Prince arrived at the stampede
sitting in the back of the car, and left it sitting on the hood, so he could
see the crowds better.
"I have enjoyed every minute of it," said His Royal Highness as he stood
on the C.P.R. platform last night, shaking hands with the officials of the
city who bade him good-bye at 5:30 last evening, just before the long train
pulled away into the west.
Speaking to Mayor MacMillan, the Prince went on: "I wish you Mr. Mayor, to
express to the council and people of your wonder city my most sincere
appreciation of the fine reception I have been accorded today."
The stampede caught the particular fancy of His Royal Highness and he stated
before leaving that he could only regret that his time was so short. That
he seriously contemplates another visit to the west in the future was evidenced
by his conversation, when he said the next time he would see to it that his
stay at Saskatoon was longer. He also asked if there was any good shooting
in the Saskatoon district, and on Mayor MacMillan assuring him that there
was, he smiled happily with all his boyish enthusiasm.
Then, amid cheer after cheer ringing in his ears, he stepped aboard the
observation car, Killarney, and the long train pulled away, with an immense
crowd of citizens running after it and cheering. Waving his hat and shouting
good-bye to the throngs, he remained on the platform until the train was
out of sight.
A.B. Calder, representing the president of the C.P.R., is traveling on the train. Supt. J.M. McKay and Supt. Mather accompanied the train through this division.
Owing to the departure being three quarters of an hour earlier than anticipated,
the majority of people who had intended seeing him off were disappointed. As it was, the platform, tracks and square were crowded with sightseers, and their cheers made the welkin ring until the train had passed from view.
Saskatoon had said good-bye but not farewell to their future king, and not
secretly or openly with the Prince might pay another visit in the near
As for the Prince and his party, Colonel Henderson stated without hesitation
that he considered Saskatoon's welcome the most complete, and conducted with
the most refreshing spontaneity of any that has been received during the
whole trip. He voiced the opinion of the entire party when he said this,
including the Prince.
When the long ten-car train pulled in yesterday afternoon at one o'clock
the scene around the C.P.R. station and for three blocks around was without
precedent and defied adequate description. The square was packed, the platforms
were loaded on all sides, every building had its full quota of people on
the roof, and window space was at a premium. One man paid a dollar for window
space fronting on 23rd Street.
As His Royal Highness stepped off the train, hat in hand, he was met by Mayor MacMillan, who presented the aldermen and chairmen of the municipal boards
in the city. Chatting easily and pleasantly with each, the Prince passed
through the waiting room of the station and out to the outer platform, facing
the green, where the guard of honor was drawn up with arms at the present.
Then Saskatoon showed royalty that it could cheer.
Everywhere he looked they greeted him with a roar of hoorays. At the door
he shook hands with Brigadier-General Ross, who then accompanied him to the
reception. As he was about to step down off the platform the Great War Veterans
band struck up god Save the King, and when that was over the crowd indulged
in another spasm of cheering.
Then the Prince passed into the green, where he inspected the guard and band,
accompanied closely by Mayor MacMillan. But this was not in the nature of
a military inspection, rather that of a social event, as he spoke genially
to several of the men.
When he finished his inspection, the guard again presented arms, and again
the crowds called three cheers and made it a dozen for good measure.
Then the Prince returned and entered Mayor Macmillan's car, driven by Sergt.
William Petrie, of the city police. As the procession started off, the guards
raised their caps on their bayonets and led the cheering, which became an
uproar everytime the Prince half rose in his seat with that boyish, short
little bow that caught everybody's fancy.
The procession of eleven official cars first went down 23rd Street to Second
Avenue, and at the corner of Second the Prince was veritably startled, for
as he greeted the crowds in front of the King George, the Kiwanians, congregated
across the street, raised their voices in one concentrated whoop which brought
the Prince around with an abrupt jerk.
That started it as far as Second Avenue was concerned, and all the way to
20th Street two solid walls, ten deep, blended their voices to good effect
while the Prince's car was passing.
As soon as it had passed, those on the eastern side of the avenue darted
across to Third Avenue in order to be first in line when the procession came
back. Those on the west side scattered and half of them nearly got run over
trying to cross through the parade.
All the way through the stores were decorated with flags and bunting. Every
store of Cairns store had its system of decoration. On Third Avenue Frank
Tench's furniture store had an original front with God Bless the Prince of
Wales in large letters across the entire front. Further down, the MacMillan
store presented a riot of color, and a huge flag floated at the door of the
R.S.W. and A. League office.
Passing down Third Avenue the Prince was suddenly surrounded by noise, real
noise from thousands of little throats, as the school children lined up in
two solid columns, raised their voices in a not unmusical shriek. Each one
carried a flag which all waved with a serene indifference to who was passing.
As long as the Prince was anywhere in sight, those passing received a share of the cheering and many members of the staff and attendants received a deluge
of adoration intended for the Prince.
With a smile of huge enjoyment of the Prince turned in his car to wave to
them, before leaving the city hall, where the procession stopped for a moment
in honor of the Allied colors and the honor flag of the city, which was draped
from the top of the flagpole.
From there the procession swung into the Crescent and entered the city park
at the Crescent entrance where a barrier stopped all other cars. At the
gate stood an old man, hat in hand, whose grey hair vied with his face in
kindliness as the Prince passed, and, hat in hand, bowed to him. The cars
drove around the track to the King Edward school side, where a pavilion had
been erected for the presentation of addresses. The crowd stretched as far
as they could possibly get a glimpse of the platform, and in the centre,
forming a sort of square, were drawn up the nursing divisions, boy scouts,
girl guides, returned men, and also those to receive decorations at the royal
The G.W.V. band formed up in the centre of the square and struck up the National
Anthem as the Prince mounted the platform and came forward to bow his thanks
to the cheering crowds.
Mayor MacMillan then read and presented the address on behalf of the city,
and the Prince replied gracefully, his clear voice carrying well in spite
of the excited crowds who simply could not keep still. Chief Justice Sir
Frederick Haultain read the address on behalf of the University. Both of
the Prince's replies appear in full in this issue.
After replying to the addresses, His Royal Higness descended from the pavilion
and inspected the returned officers and men and the veterans of former ware,
St. John Ambulance nurses. Great War Veterans' band, Boys' Naval Brigade
band, and the Callies' Pipers. Sergt. Frank Vernon led both the veterans
and the naval brigade band, while they played. His Royal Highness passed
along the lines of veterans, shaking each by the hand, and very frequently
stopping to chat with them. He seemed to particularly favor the Highland
uniform and was heard to remark to the wearer of one: "You were the boys."
The prince used his left hand in shaking hands throughout all the ceremony.
His Royal Highness yesterday replied to the address of the City of Saskatoon
in the following words:
Mr. Mayor, - I thank you sincerely for your very kind and cordial address.
It is a great pleasure to me to be here to-day in Saskatoon. The vigorous
and enterprising spirit which is developing this free and splendid prairie
country with such amazing rapidity appeals to me intensely, and Saskatoon
is a wonderful example of what that spirit can do in less than twenty years.
I congratulate you on the striking record of your city, and I beg you to
tell all its citizens on my behalf how warmly I appreciate the hearty Western
welcome which they have given me.
The war services of the people of the Dominion have been magnificent, and
I know that Saskatoon contributed in generous measure to the great common
effort of the Empire which gave us so decisive victory.
I am sure that I shall meet many friends here whose acquaintance I first
made in France; but some, alas, like the gallant soldier whom you name in
your address, Sergeant Cairns, V.C. will never return; and I wish to offer
my deepest sympathy to all who have suffered disablement or
I am strongly in sympathy, Mr. Mayor, with the constitutional aspiration
which you have expressed, and I thank you for you royal reference to my father,
the King who shares you hopes and aims, and takes an active interest in your
development. Representative government and the reign of law are the life
of British institutions and I know that Saskatoon is profoundly loyal to
these institutions to Canada as a nation, and to the British