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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 14, 1911, Lethbridge, Alberta LETHBRIDOE DAILY HER AM) Friday, July 14, 10J1. IHE ROYAL PROGRESS Described by a .Canadian By ARCHIBALD MACMCCHAN {Copyright bj Publishers 'Press Ltd Is a word with many di associations. To mo PC of first of all Bunyan's wonde hil allegory; to those who curia-fo irt It wBl call up Hogarth's picture of-a wastrel's life, but in earlier up plication atlll is to a journe ihtde iby a royal or uoble personag 'Queen Elizabeth delighted lir'Jauc functions. The moat famous -is he visit to the Earl of Leicester, whic Scott has commemorated worth." Now that Goorge the Fift has crowned as the undoubte King, of this, realm custom demand th'flt he shall show himself to hi lieges of the metropolis In- tits dignity. His visit, in state to the cit, Of London.'is his.'progresi. time route is five or all times loog B4 the route to th Abbey en the day before for i Stretches to the east and a .sweep to the south-of the Thamw. Only a map would make the matter clear. Without such an ai( Af niaoe names only- the render. Suffice It to state then In general terms, that the route In eludes the great thoroughfares. Pic eadllly. Pall Man ,the Strand, .Fleet Street and has for eastern turning point the heart of "the city, In other vords tie of England. Here tt tarns smith, crosses the Thames by linitoi Bridge and then works its way westward through the southern antil ft crosses the Thames action, f They.iare unners with toe cavalry The light drawn by S fine to see.lt from a coign of vantage unsurpassed In all London.. This, is tbe window of his official quarters in -Pill Mail: From the second storey may be seen not only the while length of, this famous street but the facade and battlements of.St.James Palace, the levees are held and the open space before it. A more able position would be hard to find. Really Two Processions Pall Mall is known in London as Club land from the number of "those irhavens of refuge which line bpth.allies'of the street. Usually it, Is like the of London, rather quiet in hue, today It is transformed. All that color can do tp brighten ddll buildings has been done lavishly; -the reeult is one swimming riotlous ,kaieidoscope from end, to end. Scarlet and blue hangings with gold trimmings Venetian masts with long gay festoons between, .-hunting flut- tering eTerj where In a thousand dyea, the national ensign wherever a flag could be flown or bang, groups and strings and linen of flags shields with gorgeous ihare been spread along both sides, of the street ,from i pavement 10 roof. The very review-1 ins stands put up for a week have been carefully painted. The result is that Clubland looks like some huge booth at a giants fancy fair. Multiply tbfs by any cumber you cboow, and you get some faint Idea of what don looks like !n gala. 'It Is atone auch embowered streets, through paol f the Dominion moves down thndon in'peace. 'How much hlstor} nits up in the other splend id unf- rras! But they go by dazzlinjr the ense before the owners can be iden- fied. That is the worst of a pro- esslon; It is like life, it passes he- re you can see it properly. So with the different detachments, ich one .has: it own special story, s own past. Its own tradition. The lenest eye can. gather oniy a general ;of well-groomed horses, ssing so near that we could see the brand on a shamrock or a crown, of stalwart well -set-up men in fine uniforms, of glitter of steel from; sword and helmet and cuirass. .jingle and glitter past; and another equally fascinating detachment follows. One group was singled out, however, from all the res ay Canadian eyes, the mounted police They were all men over 'the averag height. The: red tunic, the rough rider. hat, the yellow stripe on th rousers, msde the identification easy Though called 'police1 they 'really are a dragoon regiment and they have the regular, indescribable dmgooa swagger. There is something In the way they sit on their horses something n the back and shoulders and the carriage of head that gives them an air of .pride. U did me good to rfee a member of -the force in an Ox ord Street crowd the other day look ng exactly. aa if he. owned the entire ity of Lohdon'.and Westminater. If Canada were, to be represented, 'by a imple Boldierbe should be a monntec joliceman. He looks strong, he looks and .stands for the reign Like the Premier, the Riders .cams of six black driver carries a whip with a short handle ind a long lash doubled biick Into his hand. He controls the off horse bj lust laying the whip-handle dh his neck. The wlae -creature understands at onco. After these come more nounted men and more and more and qiore a perfect avalanche of men and horses, dragoons, husnrs nad lan- cers breast-plntes, shakos, helmets every variety of braided and embroidered and nckel, with red and -white pennons in the lances fluttering Rally between Singled with masses of cavalry are icld guns, howitzers. The living epresentatlvea names are .hera, the Queen's Bays, the Royal Irish, the Ortyi the pick of two -branches of the land service ,are defiling through London streets guarded by the third. In London to-, day a man may see the flower of the) British Army. TKnt in itself Is an object lesson power hard to equal. I her had a duty they tound .upwti'olv grateful, kitchener of Khartoum (he.lirltlsh Army. Such, uioti horses iiovcr Ku'rpa'tip Hiul our feeliJiK at this strlklnj; c .And to paiis nil .too noon; tlioibltlou of the, iiatlon'g tinnod Hti-cti i.. ,ii-uc. and wholbsoint1 pri pageant. hud itroh tin? flower bearded gentleman in the cocked hat and the- lad.v-'ln the tranquil Kitchener'" of Khar- loum' at the King's'rlght liand sut -no piie IUIH eyes for anyone bulipit'o. Picked pair 'hi. the. carriage? We, 'should now iiullons'ri-um Now Zealand, AIIH' -never, before, did Interest :and future which' will bii'tlio saving ''of the Km From Orient The King's Indian orderlies follow. A splendid splash of the Orient among .he tamer costumes of the West. Two laiidsome bearded fellows iu the front are smiling and showing their white teeth; but in the rear i old wolf of a man scowls at lave liked to watch longer Hiid'sludj more closely thone two faces on which so much depends, But Uiey lave gone by.. There Hit1 more.-mount- ed men and -more gorgeous officals; and then a troop of the lancers who isve been standing by In front'of St. Dames' Palace, wheel across, lorm ip and clone -the ;uppor end.pf Pall For one 'thing only I should have Iked another-.point of for the ake of the ceremony at Temple Bur 'his marks the ancient boundary of he City, of London'. Tho barrier gate Wren erected and over which oh n eon and Goldsmith saw the heads f the nobles' executed for their share i the Forty-five, .has been torn down, nd given place to a column with a 'onderland Gryphon on tho top. For his occasion a double arch was erect- d spanning the street. Mere the Kins'! B met In state by the Lord Mayor I of London, who gives his permission to enter the city. H is an old custom and the right isr jealously guarded. The Hoyal carriage halts, the Mayor advances with the mace reversed and presents, ihe sword of London to the King, who to.uches mid remits. Then the Lord Mayor with the Sheriffs mount and form part of the proces- the escorting the monarch as far as One would like to get at M, Bridge. ;The rite is.full of significance. But one cannot see everything: this is enough for one if. law. Joe the of troops and of enthusiastic cheer- tubjaob that the King is to pass two processions With an Interval between them. Tbe first was a parade of the Over- seas 'the second, of the power and majesty of the mother eesintry, for a procession Ms a dis- play, a pageant, a show which.by constant movement in a line enables eniest poftslMe number i to. It with least trouble 'to ,-To the heart stirring sounds of mil- itary music, the head of the first procession swing around the corner of 8t James' Street. Here comes ine band of the Second Life Guards The drummer, the drums and the drum horse would need an article a piece to do them justice. The legerdemain of the drummer, rattling rowd and are'loudly cheered. They ake the applause like soldiers, that s to say, they pay no attention to it, mounted 'wilt is better drilled. Carriage -'after "carriage passes, each Its notabilities. The mere list of the names-vould fill columns. All the Dominions are represented, and to each carriage there is an-escort of over-seas --.'soldiers. Being picked men, they reflect credit on the state that sent them to this grand mueter. of Imperial strength. Th'e troops from South, Africa looked particularly capable. They-were lean, keen brown- flourishing, crowing his ing hla dnirae alternately right and beit- left, the pride of the grwt piebald which him were marvellous to behold. The band wear coats literally faced men, fit, to go anywhere and do anything; noticed, too the fern-frond badge on the tunics of the New Zeala'pders. After the Dpmin- ops came the.'representatives of In dia, their .procession headed by thi band of Scoti ter rlble called them when he saw'them charging at (Water oo. The .ringing. music fills the street. Indeed; the reader to ima [Ine this stately defile of soldiers and lorsea, and guns and carriages and plendid uniforms.-to .the accompani- ment of martial sounda from drums, nd trumpets and The ;bandi were so placed at the front and rear f each section of'the procession that ne had not grown faint In the dis- tance before another was at hand. The Indian Procession Now the Indian procession is pass- ing. In the carriages are dignified dark-faced bearded figures fn l.urbans and long garments. Jewels are They-.watch the 'spec- tacle of the decorations, ilth guid bmid and and ths crowds with calm black caps like a' One -would give Close behind rolls an open carriage somcthln'? to thelr_ thoughts with Premier of Canada and the Pre- It's to Your to look over our stock of machines ud records before buyinf.' The PlMIO CO. DOMINION BLOCK PHONE TJ1 They bear famous in the his- of India and der .of Kiplini known to erery Baroda, Holkar, Patatla; rajahs, .mahrajahi, khans, and slnghi. If India Is in state of unrest, there are of India who have testified their'loyality by their presence today. In their gay silks and many-colored jewelled tur- bans they bring the Arabian Nights home to the London street In the royal procenilon proper, the place, of honor was given to the sea- service.. At the very head came a detachment of- straw hatted, brown- faced sailor-men tnindlng after them six wicked looking cannon of tha most modern pattern, as if they were toys Wo Jack, many reasons One perhaps, Is though the least showy, he is the efficient In that whole concourse. The supple eaae, the perfect rhjthm with which these streams of plain blue-clad men moved along was as pleasant to witch font dancing. Then you thought: those soldier men would have to doff Jfcrge.part of their to fight ill thi could tkelr (uoi rowd. mental processes for a while. Swarms British officers of high rank fol- ow, glittering In scarlet and gold, "rench and Evelyn Wood, and "Bobs" ilmself are in the throng; but they ave ridden by before one gets a good ook. Then come the foreign officers very motley crowd, and very oreign-looking; they nil seem to ride a very long stirrup and a straight; eg, rather awkward looking to o yes. Three open carriages folio ull ot notabilities holding vario ffices about the court.. In the la EI Lady Minto and the D.uchess levonthire who held Queen Mar) at the Coronation. The servan re in scarlet liveries covered wi old, most gorgeous to.behold. And then, aplend copers of the Household Cavalr ,ore colonials, and more India) omes the sight of-the "day, the sig e have been' all waiting for so Ion efore the Royal carriage rounds th corner of St. James Street, a loud deeper'roar of cheering runs beta it and heralds its approach. The: is nothing languid or 'forced in th note of that: The unmi takable ring of pen fee ling fin Ing. an outlet runs through that grea wave of sound which.'seems to swee ro.urid from one street-into the othr like a wall of or a rushin mighty wind. From' it'iemerges th open carriage iu which, hide Kin and Queen of Englind, our King an Queen as well. The peering break out In Pall Mall with' Redoubled force and, between ihe irresistible emotlo .hat grips one's whole 'nature, th exciting effect of .huge volumes p enthusiastic sound -'and the dletrac ng' multitude; of objects before-' th eye, it is hard to see- things as the B Riders really are. The famous creim-co of the lored horses demand much more tlm a passing glance. There are eight o hem; splendid animals are un ler their trappings and housing i'oiir have riders and _ footmen wall icside as well, to .see that no ace! lent takes place. They are not -In .ispensable. for just before reaching he stand, one horse.required the at erition of hii Curiouslj nongh I remember, a.-horse acting _ the carriage Prince nd Princeas .of Wales entered the ourt yard of the 'Province Building t Halifax during v'Ophif" toil he Prince half rose, from his sea or it looked as If the .wheel, migh mash against pillar; bin face of the Princess did not lange a-single she unmoved. And are the Roya Pair, 'the King aori Queen of a fifth of the They appear in state with j'pmp and due to their exalted rank, but the effect was curiously simple. What went ye ou for to see? It ia true that he is ir uniform, but lie is sitting quietly in an open carriage, beside a lady In hite .in a Plain 'bat with a' blue in it. I think it must have been the two together, the quiet dress of the Queen, far less magnificently robed than her lady- in-wating that created' the sense of quiet and space and contrast with all that had gqne; before. After clatter of .many hooves and the varied glare of many uniforms, you have a "lady and gentleman sitting- in an open carriage an the heart of the long and tinder the cock- ed hat you an honest wholesome bearded face looking pleased at the welcome he is receiving from every rrian, woman and child, on the street that can wave a hat -or. -A handker- chief or EhQiit. From time to time pute his fingers to the 'edge of his cocked hat in acknowledgement of the resounding motion in slow, saay and dignified. Queen Alary 011 her. side Is .a grave-faced' r.Iever- ookfng v woman with ,.a of her own. Character of no weak type every feature. She rholuiome and young. looka The ritten 'rwb, morning light trying but she he test well. Apparently sho 'hag a ystem or plan of ackapwleditlni! her >eoplo's homiM w many 'stately ncllnat'ops of the head, on t hie side, HO many on juit siic ussed the stand of loyal Nove Scotia ier glances disturbed i on- the other side of the road. However, we had a good look rit her tnd mprcsslon will remain of something fresh and Ike the morning ;.lr, soaeUiInr very and clasu- It outline of iiernrtinllty like the and determined atiupUciiy of the ctrets and the white femthtr. U went that either was Urtd or day. Now-it is all over. The soldiers been; keeping the line the .pavement eat who have bivouac on table Agent General entreats his guests to remain for "an excellent luncheon; and-there Is much pleasant ;hat over the good cheer. Only one opinion is heard among the Cana- dians as to the magnificance of the tralla, South rnonntainB continue to .burn t'lt- chetihed, and' are hourly consuming kundleds ot; acre's timber Imds. One fire. 1. within six -01101 of South WindBor and Capa ftre also imp'erilied. ;