Below is a Letter to the Editor, which appeared in The Montreal Star on September 21, 1907


To the Editor of the Montreal Star:


There is an old adage that “A man’s manners make his fortune.”  On arrival at the Westmount Horticultural  Show with several friends last Friday evening, it took but a few minutes to satisfy us that the manners and deportment of the youth of both sexes present at the exhibition would never achieve them fortune.  The disorder and confusion caused by these youths (many of whom came there to get presents for raising plants), drove numbers of people out of the room; a policeman was present, but whether his head was full of archaeology or not, one could not say, at any rate he seemed perfectly oblivious to the wild disorder of the youth that were present.

It is not only at public exhibitions that we find such doings in Westmount.  Let anyone stand for a short fifteen minutes any fine evening at the corner of Victoria avenue and Sherbrooke street, and he will see a full show of it.  Apart from the attractiveness of its beautiful mountainside, the next great attraction of Westmount is its gardens; complaints are frequent as to the lack of the protection people owning gardens need all through the season; plants are torn up by the roots, handsome blooms are destroyed and carried off, garden tools are gone, fruit trees are broken.  Rarely are offenders caught, and still more rarely punished. Fences around are practically of no protection, and to many the idea is gaining ground that the town is being given over to two useless things called “Do as you please” and “Go as you please.” 

This letter is written by a tax-payer and resident of the town, and it is written with perfect good-will, but much sorrow to think such ill behavior, bad manners and destruction exist there, showing a great lack of discipline on the part of our youth.  It is rarely the laboring element are to blame, it is the children of the well-to-do, who apparently are not taught in their homes and elsewhere that the foundation of success and happiness largely lies in the direction of good manners and respect for the rights and feelings of others.  Surely our young people and their parents do not desire the idea to grow that is already getting prevalent, that the otherwise fine children of Westmount are lacking in deportment and behavior; they are too valuable to be allowed to depreciate in any way, or to be excused with the worn-out palliative of “animal spirits.”   The managers of the Flower Show were at fault for not giving the children their presents say, for 4 to 5 in the afternoon; this would have made the evening exhibition much more enjoyable.

 – signed: ‘RESIDENT’

Below, ‘Cock of the Walk’ (Canadian Illustrated News, September 4, 1874)