|Wednesday, January 25, 1854||The Examiner (Toronto)||Page 2, col. 6|
The Great Western Railway.
The opening of this important line of Railway was celebrated last week with a great ceremony. In the course of Monday night, says the Hamilton Spectator, a large number of visitors from the United States, arrived by train from the Niagara Falls, and two trains left the Depot in this city, for Detroit, the first a six o'clock, a.m., and the latter about half-an-hour afterwards. Both trains were completely loaded, and a great number having gone dwon to the Depot, in the expectation of purchasing tickets, had to return home disappointed. About two o'clock in the morning, a special train from the Falls arrived with about 350 passengers, most of them from Rochester, but many from New Orleans. They were accompanied by Scott's celebrated Rochester Brass Band, who rather astonished our citizens by "awakening the echoes," at that early hour, to the tunes of "Yankee Doodle," and "God Save the Queen." The number of persons who started by the trains could not be less than 1,000.
The train arrived at Detroit without the slightest accident. The banquet in that city was of the most splendid description.
The entire business part of the city was illuminated, cannons were firing, and great enthusiasm prevailed. Two thousand people were at the dinner. The room was most splendidly decorated, and the bands discoursed eloquent music. The Mayor of Detroit presided. It was a sumptuous repast.
The first regular toast was—"The President of the United States," to which Judge Walkins of Detroit, replied in a most splendid and eloquent speech.
Second toast—"Queen Victoria," in which Col. Prince of Windsor, responded with point and power.
Third regular toast—"Governor of Michigan." No response.
Fourth regular toast—"The Governor General of Canada." No response.
There were voluntary toasts in great number, complimentary to the improvements of the day, and the men concerned therein. The speeches were made by Mr. Barns, the President of the Great Western Railroad, and Mr. Vandyke.
Mr. Brydges Manning, a director and editor from Chicago, gave the following:—"Erie—A successful illustration of the supposed impossibility of swallowing itself."
Three [illegible—sepulchral] groans, with visual contortions and the "Rogue's March," greeted it.
There were about fifty representatives of the press.
It is a grand era in the history of the City of the [illegible—Straits], and the Great Western is a splendid road—two hundred and twenty-eight miles long.
Regular trains commenced running on Monday last.
The two trains left for the East at 12 o'clock on Wednesday. The stopped at Hamilton, where another entertainment was given by the railroad authorities.