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The following article is from:
The Expositor July 5, 1867, p. 2
Monday last, the 1st day of July, was celebrated in this town, in a right loyal manner. The weather was all that could have been desired, and the day was ushered in by the ringing of bells and the discharge of firearms of every description. At an early hour the Grand Trunk Artillery boomed forth a Royal salute, and shortly afterwards the streets presented a lively and animated appearance. Crowds from the country came pouring in from every quarter, and by 12 o'clock the streets were one living mass of human beings bent on doing honor to the birthday of the new Dominion. At 9 o'clock the Christian public met in the Congressional Church, and prayer was offered up for the success and prosperity of the Confederacy.
Consisting of the 7th Royal Fusiliers, the 38th Battalion Brant Infantry, the Burford Cavalry, and the Grand Trunk Volunteers, formed on the Market Square and headed by their respective bands marched to Sandy Hill for a grand review. The Orange Order brought up the rear in the procession. B.G. Tisdale, Esq., and W.J. Imlach, Esq., acted as marshals on the occasion. The firemen and other citizens were not present in the procession owing to some difficulty with the committee arrangement of the Town Council; this is to be regretted. -- On Sandy Hill the whole force was reviewed by Major Hickie, in the absence of Colonel Cooper. After firing a Royal salute and marching past in quick time, three hearty British cheers were given for the Queen, and the different organizations marched down the hill and up Market street to the Market Square where the Royal Proclamation was read, and the commands proceeded to their rendezvous and dispersed for the day. A meeting for the purpose of adopting an address to the Queen was afterwards held in the Town Hall!