The NC-4 was the first aircraft to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, 100 years ago this month. Photo: Wikipedia

DATELINE 1919: Kootenay Kilties form juvenile pipe band

Greg Scott digs into the archives of the Nelson Daily News

Dateline May 16, 1919

With the desire to keep fresh their memory the music of their homeland, the Scotchmen of the city have formed an association whose object is to foster the cultivation of Highland music and dancing. The association is called the Kootenay Kilties, and already has a large membership.

They are at present forming a pipe band of juveniles, who have been practicing regularly under the tuition of their pipe major, William McLeary, for the last 15 months. There are at present eight boys learning the pipes and four the drums, and it is stated are making remarkably good progress.

It is hoped that before very long they will be able to make their first public appearance. The support received warranted the committee in sending a draft off for the purchase of the necessary instruments, drums and uniforms. (See related story page 33)

Dateline May 16, 1919

Winnipeg is now in the throes of the greatest labour struggle of all her history. Estimates vary widely as to the total number of work people out on strike, these running from 15,000 to 27,000. The mayor and city council are grappling with the problem of maintaining essential services of public utilities, police and fire protection as the tie up grows. Every walk of industrial and commercial life in Winnipeg is representative among the strikers. Wholesale and retail stores are affected and in a number of cases, closed.

Dateline May 23, 1919

Merchants on the main streets of the city stated yesterday that they proposed to ask the city to pay more attention to watering the streets in order to keep down the dust. It was suggested that if the water cart were not sufficient enough for the purpose the streets should be hosed down and thoroughly saturated at least once a day. Dust rose in large clouds yesterday, blowing into pedestrian’s eyes and damaging stocks of goods in the stores.

Dateline May 28, 1919

The Atlantic Ocean has been crossed in an aerial passage, the American Navy having the honor. The American naval seaplane NC-4 accomplished the feat by winning its way to Lisbon, Portugal from the Azores, where it had already flown from the shores of Newfoundland. The arrival of the NC-4 at Lisbon marks the first trans-Atlantic air flight in history. The crew is all well and it is reported that the engines worked splendidly and apparently there was no untoward accident of any kind.

Dateline May 28, 1919

The arrest and landing in the city jail of five Doukhobors and impromptu concerts at different intervals during the day were features of a parade of about 22 Doukhobors in the city yesterday morning. The party, which consisted of men, women and children all dressed in white, marched from Grand Forks on foot, reaching Nelson about 10 o’clock yesterday morning. They were two weeks on the road. The demonstration is stated to be a protest against three Doukhobors having been sentenced at Grand Forks by the Provincial authorities for failing to bury a dead human body. They are in Nelson jail awaiting sentencing.

On arrival in Nelson yesterday the Doukhobors paraded down Baker Street, stopping outside different stores and treating the pedestrians to samples of Doukhobor chants. They finally wended their way down to the provincial jail building where they lined up on Ward Street with the object of giving another open air concert. They had just got started when the Chief of Police arrested the male members of the party on charges of causing a disturbance on a public thoroughfare.

Although four of the men took the arrest quietly, the fifth put up resistance. Chief Long, however, got the five Doukhobors into the cells where they will spend the night. They will appear for trial this morning in the city police court. The paraders have threatened through an interpreter, that the balance of their colony, numbering about 60, will arrive in the city within the next few days and they would have a nude parade.

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