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September 12, 1912

Visit of the Duke of Connaught

     The Duke and Duchess of Connaught paid their long looked-for visit to Cochrane, arriving by special train on Saturday evening last.   The intention of the party was to go to the camp on Sunday, but the heavy rains made this impossible, and on Monday morning they proceeded to Banff.

     On Sunday afternoon, the weather having cleared up somewhat, the Duke and Princess Patricia with Colonel Long, Captain Buller and Major Worthington took a little horseback exercise, and on Monday morning the Duchess enjoyed the novel experience of a ride on the section hand car.

     The stay of the royal visitors was not long, but long enough for a demonstration of deep interest the Duke takes in the welfare of the people.  Both the Duke and Duchess are keenly interested in hospital work, especially in the nursing institution founded in memory of Queen Victoria.  In a movement on foot for the supporting of more trained nurses for the west by charitable means the Duke is getting first-hand information concerning facilities for the care of the sick.  With this object in view he paid a surprise visit to the Cochrane Hospital on Monday morning.  After a chat with Mrs. Davies concerning the work of the hospital he walked through the house and complimented Mrs. Davies on the spick and span appearance.  A few kindly words of farewell and the Duke departed.  Before leaving the town the Duke asked the Advocate to give expression to the pleasure it gave him to see the evidence of welcome extended by the people of Cochrane.  The Duke also expressed his appreciation of the warm welcome whilst in conversation with the Hon C. W. Fisher.

     The Duke of Connaught on Sunday patronized the Beynon Livery Barn, taking a ride on one of the saddle horses.  The Duke was delighted with his mount, and needless to say the horse was pleased with its rider.

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