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Enthusiastic Welcome Is Given Prince Of Wales By Thousands Of Citizens
Thousands Cheer Arrival Of Royal Train;
Staff Unanimous In Avowal That It Was Best Organized And Most
Original Entertainment Yet Accorded Since Arrival In Canada;
Prince Becomes A Cowboy

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 future.

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 hands.

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. [continued]


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 loss.

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 Commonwealth. [continued]