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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - May 26, 1917, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE P THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD REELS OF GREAT SATURDAY, MAY 20, 1917, MONTREAL Is proud to celebrate its 275th birthday this year. On May 18th, 1642, Paul do Chomedy, Sleur do MolaonrieuTe, brought hla little ilat'bottomed pinnace to anchor close to the site selected by Samuel de Cuatnplain thlrty-orie years previously,' and the new settlement whb formally ,dedicated by Pere Virnont. To-day Montreal Is a city ot-wide streets and stately buildings,- with wealth unaccountable and a population of nearly three-quarters of a million; headquarters of most of. the great banking companies and of thaf worjd.-wlde enterprise, the Canadian Pacldc Railway, But all this springs from the landing of Maisonneuve and his associates in May,,1642., The Island of Montreal was visited by Jacques Cartler in 1535, and nearly a hundred years passed before another white man came. On the 28th of May, 1611, Samuel "deOhatnplain landed with another Frenchman and an Indian. 'He seems to have explored the shore line as far as tho Rapids, but finally decided that the be3t place for a settlement was a little strip of meadowland, to which he gave the name of Place Royale. Incidentally, it was de Champlain who first advocated the cutting of what is now the Panama Canal, In 1600. Thirty years later, plans were perfected for the founding ot tho settlement, which was called In advance, Vllle-Marlo de Montreal for Mount-rroyal. De' Maisonneuve was appointed leader of the little party, consisting of about a score Of people". They set sail from France In a small pinnace, landing at Quebec on the Sth of May. Here thoy were warned by Montmngny of the danger of annihilation by the Iroquois. ' - "It Is my duty and my honor to found a colony at Mount Royal," said hiaiaonneuve.-�ftnd 1 would bo if 'Dominion Squaw, Montreal, with the great C. P. R. Station In background. 'every tree were an Iroquois." Tho long buffeting across the Atlantic In his cockleshell of a boat had not daunted his courage or that of his companions, nor did the almost equally perilous passage up the unchartered St. Lawrence, which occupied them ten days. He and his associates had their duty to do and thoy went on and did it. It was a beautiful afternoon when they first sighted the Island, with the forest-clad mountain rising steeply against the sky. The pinnace fetched up by the side of .a rivulet running into the St. Lawrence. There was a stretch of meadowland along the shore, with ratches of flowers growing amid tlx grass and brightly colored birds darting to and fro'. Beyond'tho meadowland lay the forest, with who know what secrets hidden In Its mysterious depths. De Gharri-plain had told them of the palisaded town of Hochelaga which stood opposite the present McGlll University. De Maisonneuve was the first to spring ashore, followed by Governor Montmagny from Quebec, Pere Virnont, Mdlie. Jean Mance, Madame de la Feltrie and her servant, Charlotte Barr m --nd i�itirfn Ht-UDMAN o�,