Editorial notes cool re­sponse to Con­fed­er­a­tion

Au­di­ence be­low within hear­ing con­sisted of three per­sons, and even they did not ap­pear to be very at­ten­tive

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OPINION -

Fol­low­ing is an editorial which ap­peared in the July 3, 1873 Pa­triot news­pa­per, al­most the only men­tion in the en­tire pa­per that P.E.I. had joined Con­fed­er­a­tion two days pre­vi­ous. Dur­ing the late 1860s and early 1870s, the Pa­triot op­posed Con­fed­er­a­tion and the build­ing of the rail­road.

Do­min­ion Day.

On Tues­day, whether for weal or woe, Prince Ed­ward Is­land be­came a prov­ince of the Do­min­ion of Canada. At 12 o’clock, noon, the Do­min­ion flag was run up on the flag staff at Govern­ment House and the Colo­nial Build­ing, and a salute of 21 guns was fired from St. Ge­orge’s bat­tery and from H.M.S. Spartan, now in port.

The Church and City bells also rang out a lively peal, and the Vol­un­teers un­der re­view at the City Park, fired a jeu du joie. So far as pow­der and metal could do it, there was for a short time a ter­ri­ble din. But among the peo­ple who thronged the streets there was no en­thu­si­asm.

A few mo­ments be­fore 12, Mr. Sher­iff Wat­son stepped for­ward on the bal­cony of the Colo­nial Build­ing and read the Union Procla­ma­tion. He was ac­com­pa­nied by two ladies and about half a dozen gentle­men. The au­di­ence be­low within hear­ing con­sisted of three per­sons, and even they did not ap­pear to be very at­ten­tive. Af­ter the read­ing of the Procla­ma­tion was con­cluded, the gentle­men on the bal­cony gave a cheer, but the three per­sons be­low – who, like the To­p­ley Street tai­lors who claimed to be “the peo­ple of Eng­land,” at that mo­ment rep­re­sented the peo­ple of Prince Ed­ward Is­land, - re­sponded never a word.

Most of the shops in the city were shut, and a good deal of bunting was dis­played. H.M.S. Spartan, and some of the mer­chant ship­ping in the har­bor, were gaily decked with flags. At night the Colo­nial and new Post Of­fice Build­ings were il­lu­mi­nated, and pre­sented a fine ap­pear­ance. A few sky rock­ets were also fired off from the top of the lat­ter build­ing, about 10 o’clock, with good ef­fect.

But the most beau­ti­ful sight of the day was the il­lu­mi­na­tion of the Spartan, be­tween 9 1/2 and 10 o’clock. With her ports all lit up, and var­i­ous kinds of lights in the rig­ging, she was re­ally an ob­ject worth look­ing at.

Not hav­ing the fac­ulty of be­ing at two places at the same time, we did not see the grand Vol­un­teer Re­view at noon, but we un­der­stand it was one of the best which has been held for some time. The Vol­un­teers, af­ter they be­came Do­min­ion forces, and the re­view over, were treated to re­fresh­ments at the Drill Shed.

About 12 1/2 p.m., His Honor Lieut. Gover­nor Robinson and staff drove up to the Colo­nial Build­ing and pro­ceeded to the Leg­isla­tive Coun­cil Cham­ber. There the Colo­nial Sec­re­tary read the Com­mis­sion from the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada, ap­point­ing Wil­liam C. F. Robinson, Esq., Gover­nor of this Is­land un­der the Do­min­ion and also an­other in­stru­ment au­tho­riz­ing Chief Jus­tice Hodg­son, and Judges Peters and Hens­ley to ad­min­is­ter to him the oaths of of­fice.

This be­ing done with due solem­nity, in the pres­ence of the mem­bers of the Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil, and a very re­spectable as­sem­blage of ci­ti­zens, strangers then with­drew, and the mem­bers of the Ex­ec­u­tive were sworn in as a Lo­cal Govern­ment un­der the Do­min­ion of Canada.

Cover of the Is­land Pa­triot

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