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The Scottish Catholics in Prince Edward Island 1772 - 1922
Chapter XX


The members of the Monument Committee lost no time in entering upon the duties, for which they had been appointed. They decided that the Monument should be of Scotch granite, and in the form of a Celtic cross with an inscription setting forth the object, which it was intended to commemorate. In making this selection they showed a due appreciation of the fitness of things, for it was indeed appropriate that the Monument raised to the memory of the pioneers, should be brought from the land, from which they themselves had come, and should be in the form of a cross to symbolize the Faith, for the sake of which they made so many sacrifices. Accordingly plans were secured from Mr. J. M. Hunter, Architect, of Charlottetown, and the contract placed with Sir James Taggart of Aberdeen, Scotland, who in the execution of the same fully sustained the reputation of his well known establishment. The monument completed and ready to be put up arrived at Scotchfort towards the end of June, in ample time for the celebration.

In the meantime a plot of land, embracing the site of the little log Church erected by the pioneers at Scotchfort, was purchased from Mr. John A. McDonald, and here the Monument was duly placed in position, and left suitably draped awaiting the ceremony of its unveiling.

Near at hand a place was prepared for the open air Mass, whilst round about booths were erected wherein meals would be served, and other refreshments provided to meet the needs of the people, who were expected to honour the occasion by their presence. The preparations throughout were on an elaborate scale, the various Committees did their work with a full sense of responsibility, and it seemed as if nothing were left wanting to make the occasion, one that would linger long in memory.


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