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Welcome, Brave Boys.
Markdale Standard (Markdale, Ont.), 30 Jul 1885, p. 4

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On Tursday last three trains of the returning volunteers passed through on their home trip, when Markdale did honor to the brave boys in a most enthusiastic manner. At eleven o'clock a.m. every avenue and nook in and around the station was crowded by anxious mothers and maidens, to catch a glance of those who had so nobly defended their honour and homes. Our citizens had erected a very neat arch on the triumviral style of Roman architecture, the centre being adorned with a Royal Standard, in all its gorgeous hues of the Royal Scarlet, while on either side were its unison emblems of Union Jacks. A centre motto adorned the arch with the words "Welcome Home;" while other suitable mottoes adorned the pillars of the structure. Some disappointment was felt by the audience at the short delay by the railway train; but, we must pay all due regard to the energy of our persevering station master, Mr. Cæsar. Indeed every citizen lent their best energies to the work. The following address was delivered by John Lyons, Esq.: /To General Middleton, officers and men under his command, comprising the "Queen's Own" and "Tenth Royals," Canadian Volunteers:/ General,--Permit us, the residents of Markdale, County of Grey, Ontario, Dominion of Canada, to offer you an humble /address,/ and trust that the spirit in which it is given will be a token of the interest taken in National Affairs by your representatives. Your Military Skill has earned for you an undying [fame] in the estimation of all loyal Canadians, and the noble officers and men under your command, and who successfully [excerted] [?] orders, will win our everlasting appreciation. The [?] of your arduous labors have been [remainder of speech unreadable] Lient.-Col. Grasset, who was in command, gave a short impromptu reply, thanking the citizens of Markdale for the honor conferred upon the troops. Boquets were served by the ladies in large quantities, for which they received in exchange all sorts of tokens of friendship, such as hard tack, bullets, calling cards, buffalo teeth, etc., etc., besides various trinkets, picked up at the capture of Batouche and an occasional kiss. The locomotive gave a snort, and the boys were whirled away to their respective homes. The people of each station along the line turned out to welcome the boys, but when they reached Toronto the number of people, the decorations of the city and the enthusiasm would be impossible to describe. 100,000 people were in the street, and each one boiling over with enthusiasm. Some of the Volunteers said that the excitement at the capture of Batouche was nothing to that in Toronto on their return.

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Welcome, Brave Boys.