|Friday, September 14, 1860
|The Newmarket Era
The Prince's reception at Aurora.
The reception at Aurora, last Monday, was all that could be desired. Between two and three thousand people assembled, and gave the Prince a loyal and enthusiastic greeting. As the Royal car approached the Depot, cheer after cheer was given, and as soon as the train stopped the enthusiasm of the assembled multitude was almost unbounded. The Band struck up the National Anthem, and upon its conclusion the people again cheered and the Prince bowed in acknowledgment. We understand the train halted about fifteen minutes, and as His Royal Highness occupied the open car during most of the time, all present had ample opportunity of seeing him.
The Decoration of Arches
At Aurora were, on an extensive scale, and the display equal to that of Newmarket, if not superior. They had three in number—one at the entrance of the Depot grounds at the South—one between the [illegible] Platform and the Freight House, and one on Wellington St., across the tracks, near [Button's] Hotel. The first was erected by the Mechanics; Institute—the second by the Masonic Body, and the third by the Orangeman.
The Mechanics Institute Arch,
Was of Gothic style—beautifully decorated with banners, flowers, wreathes, &c.—Stretching across the top from one side to the other, was a flag bearing the name of the Arch; together with V.R. and A.E. wrought with flowers on the South front.—One the other side was the word "Welcome." with other divices.
The Masonic Arch,
Was of Roman Architecture. On the top of this arch the Band was placed during the reception. It was well proportioned and reflected great credit upon the parties under whose direction it was constructed. It was covered with evergreens, with flowers entwined among the boughs. This Arch bore the inscription "God Save the Queen" on one side and "Welcome Grand-so of a Grand Master." Hanging from the centre was a large G., in the middle of which were a compass and square. The pillars of this arch contained other emblems of the Order, while upon top was a very handsomely wrought crown. On one of the pillars were the initial letters V.R. and on the other A.E. The decorations were complete—small flags being placed along the top.
The Orange Arch,
This Arch was more of the Tuscan style than any other, and looked remarkably well. Over the arch, hanging in a semi-circle was a portrait of Her Majesty. It bore the inscriptions—"Our God, Our Country and Our Queen;" "Hail! Star of Brunswick;" "Welcome our Prince," &c. A large number of small banners and Unions Jacks, also, floated from the top. This arch presented a very good appearance and altogether the decorations were complete and well, worthy of the village. As at Newmarket, all along the track [illegible] of station grounds, small fur trees had been planted, which looked well. We cannot but congratulate the good people of Aurora upon the success that crowned their labors, and compliment them upon the very creditable display made on the above suspicious occasion.
Railways: N.Ry. of Can.