Very cold: 20 below zero
Staying at a private boarding house to await Embarkation.
All spoke French. But what French!
Very cold 20 below zero
Went to a theatre where the actors spoke French only
*The winter of 1914 saw record cold temperatures in Montreal.
Arrived at Ottawa at 10:10 am & had some coffee (10c cup). Ottawa has about 3 flags flying. Slushy snow here.
Arrive in Montreal at 12:55 noon
Took transfer baggage Bus to Place Viger Station (C.P.R) for Quebec.
Strolled into Montreal City & had dinner & supper. Saw “Million Dollar Mystery” Finale. Sent Picture Postcards to friends. On train at 11:30 pm
Boarded train at 2:15 am. Train crowded with people for Old Country. Wrote letters & postcards to Bessie, the Neats, Wagstaffes & Haswell’s & Esdailes & Barker Boys.
Had a noisey lot on train – naturally.
Standing room only for some from Ft. Wm. to Sudbury.
The rumour is Lord Roberts died in France.
*Field Marshal Lord Frederick Sleigh Roberts – A British Military officer, Lord Roberts fought in the Indian Mutiny, the second Afghan war, the Boer War and was the last Commander-in-Chief of the Forces before the position was abolished in 1904. Lord Roberts was known as one of the most successful commanders of the 19th century. He died of pneumonia in France on November 14th 1914 while visiting Indian troops.
Up at 9 am & had breakfast with Ma & Milly. Interesting chat till 11 am then I to Post Office to send mail. I have a score of invitations to supper & dinner. To dinner at MacT’s & afterwards to visit friends till 6 pm. I have the happiest time of my life. The phone is kept busy wherever I go. I’m followed.
To 77 Co & see the boys. Our train is 3 hrs & 40 min late. Meet the girls uptown & home together. Hugh Pitt & I entertain the folk, singing music & stories etc: Left Fort William at 2:15 am.
Arrived in Fort William 9:35 pm & met at Depot by Mr [MacTaggart], Mildred (Mrs. Ross) and Annie.
Went to MacT’s & stayed all night. Had a very interesting conversation. To bed at 11:30 pm. Mr. Pitt goes to Port Arthur to see friends & stays the night.
Snowing on the mountains but on reaching Medicine Hat the snow disappeared & there had been a hard frost.
The British Destroyer “Tiger” is sunk by a submarine of the Germans.
The Prairie is a change to the Tall Timbers of B.C.
Passed an uncomfortable night on the train.
Today – more comfortable
Sentries are on guard over Bridges and Reservoirs etc.
Snow at Bowie a few miles east of Sicamous. Posted letter to J.M. Fromme, Lynn Creek, B.C. re Lumber for ceiling
Snow 12 inches deep at Field & Lake Louise, Rogers Pass.
Busy packing up. Said good bye to Reverend & Mrs. N.J. Thompson also Mr Holte.
4 pm young Frank Neate calls: busy getting ready. Leave at 5 pm for Vancouver, after having supper with Mrs. Graham and Charles
To Vancouver at 6:30 pm to C.P.R
Train leaves at 6:45 pm. I kiss Mrs. Graham good bye & bid good bye to Charles also.
To Post Office & received my transportation papers from Ottawa.
Mrs Graham (Bessie) says “I am absolutely Happy” ?!!x?????
Said good bye to Mr Neats, Maude, Jack Barker, Whipps.
To Vancouver with Mrs. F Graham & Charles. Went to Dominion & Rex Theatre. C.P.R. Station.
To Neate’s and Esdaile’s & I said good-bye also to Councillor Westover & Duncan’s.
Back to Graham’s at 10:30 pm