The Centennial

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The Centennial
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The Centennial Civic and society processions and trades demonstrations cannot be arranged for without expense. This is Centennial year and there has been an understanding, or feeling in the community, that as such there should be celebrations of an unusual character. What is called the Entertainment Committee of the Exhibition Commission have had before them two propositions. One that there should be a civic and society demonstration on the opening day of the Exhibition; the other that there should be a trades procession either on the same day or on some other day during Exhibition week. Both suggestions are good. Can they be carried out? They will not only give additional interest to Exhibition week, but they will be a pleasure, a gratification to participants and to spectators, and will do something to develope civic pride and patriotism. But they will cost, and it is pretty clear that the Commission is not in a position to bear the cost. The expense will, therefore, fall on the citizens, directly or indirectly, either by subscription in aid, or through the societies of which they are members. It is not necessary that there should be two processions. It is not necessary that there should be any. It may be possible to have both. It may be better to have but one. It may not be possible to have any. But, the people want either or both, the matter is in their own hands. There should be something done to make this a year of Jubilee, even though that something costs. If the proposed parade of our firemen and of the national, benevolent and temperance societies, is likely to interfere with the trade procession, why, perhaps, it better be abandoned. But, if it is possible to do both, let us have both. However, the whole matter is in the hands of the people.