Report of the rendition of the programme by one of the auditory.
December 17th, 1897, in rhyme.
“The best entertainment given this fall
Was the High School Concert at the Music Hall.
Mr. W.W. Tamblyn in the chair
Misses Luke, Field, Madden and Addair
Sang “gently down the stream of time,”
Without exaggeration ‘twas sublime.
Master Tremear showed good behaviour,
In his recitation about a shaver.
After which came Miss N. Kiddie
Who read a piece in voice quite steady.
“Good-night little blossom” sang Miss F. Hart
She pleasingly sustained her part.
A reading next by Miss H. Boyd,
The auditory well enjoyed.
Misses Fowke and Hogg – piano duet
Someone remarked – “that’s the best yet.”
Then came reading by Miss M. Meek,
For anything better you’d vainly seek.
Mr. Murphy in character did appear
And sang about “McCarthy’s Mare.”
Master Tremear a grand march did play,
In military style, brilliant and gay.
Next, Mr. Walsh without hesitation
Gave a reading instead of a recitation.
Miss Gullock and Fenwick (the piano playing)
In a duet, “what are the wild waves saying”
Miss Marten’s song “Tired” charmed every heart,
And this concluded the premier part.
Misses Meek and Hogg “Far from Home” duet
Mr. Drew’s recitation, ‘twas O.K you bet.
But Miss K. Henderson’s “Bother the men” was so loudly
Applauded, she appeared again.
In fact one and acted well their part
This lady’s reading, viz. “The Bells”
Was beautifully but horrid yells
From some bad boys out by the door
That fought and made each other roar,
Was very annoying ‘twould make one surely
To have such occur in the absence of Gurly.
“Falling Leaves” instrumental Miss Fawke performed.
Was so nice all the audience appeared to be charmed.
Then came Mr. Henderson (aspirant to the bar)
And recited animatedly “King Henry of Navarre.”
Miss Gullock sang sweetly “Tyroll’s Lovely Dell”
Each note on the heavens melodiously fell.
Miss Fowke, instrumental, the chords sweetly blended,
All were unanimous in proclaiming it splendid.
Mr. Murphy, again in costume (not Pat)
Sang a comical ditty about a “John Thomas cat.”
Misses Gullock, Fenwick, Hogg and Madden then sang
“Come where my love lies dreaming” the piano notes rang
Out melodious and afterwards the audience was seen
All standing up warbling, “God Save the Queen.”
One notices that the expression “O.K” was used in those far off days. Mr. Gurley was the policeman, here, at the time. Miss N. Keddie was the daughter of Mr. J.B. Keddie whom Mr. Chestnut “roughed up” as a boy. Miss Fowke was a sister of the late Frederick Fowke, formerly of this city. Drew, Gullock. Meek were old family names here in Oshawa