Grand Charity Concert, R.M.S. Hesperian, Allan Line (1908)
Extremely Rare Farewell Souvenir Grand Charity Concert for The Montreal Sailors Institute held on the R.M.S. Hesperian in the First Class Dining Saloon on 21 August 1908.
Programme, 1/= Each.
A farewell Souvenir
Charity -:- Concert
WILL BE HELD AT SEA THE
first-Class Dining Saloon,
FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, 1908,
COMMENCING AT 8.15 ,P.M. PROMPT.
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DEAN HART IN THE CHAIR.
PRES. EATON, Convener of Musioal Committee
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INTERVAL. COLLECTION FOR SEAMEN'S INSTITUTE
By the Company, with Musicdl Accompaniment, "For Auld Lang Syne," and "God Save the King."
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THE leading characteristics of the efforts of the Montreal Sailors' Institute may be briefly summarized as follows : To provide a cheerful, homelike, healthful place of resort for seamen, while they are in port. To protect them from the numerous evils to which seamen in all seaport cities are exposed.
To afford elevating recreation in the shape of games, concerts, lectures, socials, etc. To supply good literature to the seamen. To inculcate temperance principles in the minds of these men.
To furnish religious services of a simple character where the GospA is proclaimed and the social, moral and spiritual redemption of seamen brought about. To materially assist any who may be in distress, visit the sick and give Christian burial to the dead.
TO the large number of seamen visiting the Port of Montreal the Institute Building has been a place of untold benefit as the following figures will show.
- Aggregate attendance of seamen 52,735
- Average daily attendance of seamen 243
- Seamen using Reading Rooms 26,605
- Seamen using Game Rooms 21,200
- Seamen Attending weekly Concerts 11,100
- Seamen Attending Temperance Socials 2,155
- Seamen Attending Religious Service 2,456
- Letters written 24,273
- Money deposited for safe keeping $1,533.15
- Foreign money exchanged for currency or vice versa £4,555.1.6
- Money sent home to seamen's families £560.5.6
Vast quantities of reading matter were distributed, also comfort bags and carpet hand protectors. The destitute were aided. The sick were visited. Seven sailors who died were given Christian burial. Five hundred and ninety-one signed the total abstinence pledge.
The expenses of the Institute amount to $5,000.00 annually. It has no endowment and is entirely dependent upon voluntary contributions for its support.
THE MONTREAL SAILORS' INSTITUTE
- PRESIDENT: HUGH A. ALLAN, ESQ.
- Vice-Presidents: HON. J. K. WARD and RICHARD WHITE
- Secretary: CAPTAIN JAS. N. BALES
- Treasurer: ALEX. F. C. ROSS
- Manager: J. RITCHIE BELL
- Asst.-Manager: MRS. MARG. RITCHIE KERR,
BOARD OF MANAGEMENT:
- Mr. J. R. Binning
- Mr. D. W. Campbell
- Mr. John Dillon
- Mr. J. M. M. Duff
- Mr. W. I. Gear
- Mr. Thos. Harling
- Mr. Jonathan Hodgson
- Mr. J. C. Holden
- Mr. George Hodge
- Mr. Abner Kingman
- Mr. Lansing Lewis
- Mr. David Morrice
- Capt. Walsh, R.N.R.
- Mr. R. F. McFarlane
- Mr. Alex. McFee
- Mr. Bartlett McLennan
- Mr. Wm. Nivin
- Mr. A. E. Ogilvie
- Mr. Arthur Piers
- Capt. R. S. Clift
- Capt. Arch Reid
- Mr. R. W. Reford
- Mr. James Rodger
- Mr. Jas. Thom
- Mr. Geo. W. Stephens
Printed on board
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