Canada under Laurier [excerpt]
The year was otherwise
notable to Canadians for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall
and York, afterward Prince and Princess of Wales, who came to Canada
on their way home from Australia, after taking part in the opening
of the First Parliament of the new Commonwealth of Australia. The
 royal party landed at
Quebec and received a royal welcome in all the cities of Canada,
traveling throughout the entire Dominion, from Quebec to Vancouver
and back again, closing their visit on October 21st at Halifax.
This was a tremendous event to Canada, and gave the country its
first view of a royal family since the visit of the Prince of Wales
in 1860. There were the usual parades and banquets and receptions
and balls and outpouring of people. There were also the usual heartburnings
and regrets. For the reception at Montreal the city had made great
preparations, only to have the great event—a ball—canceled because
of the death of President McKinley. The honors that were distributed
after the visit were not as great as had been expected, and much
disappointment was felt.
Among the other events of the year
was the purchase, by the Dominion Government, of the Plains of Abraham,
site of the Tercentenary ceremonies.
The assassination of President McKinley
of the United States, occurring as it did in Buffalo, just across
the Niagara River from Canada, brought vividly home to Canadians
the nearness of their interests to those of the United States. President
McKinley, although typifying a policy which was antagonistic to
Canada commercially, was much respected by the Canadian people.
His private and personal virtues were fully appreciated and highly
esteemed, and the integrity of his public life and the high ideals
that he held on men and measures were admired by the vast body of
Canadians. Hence the sorrow over his death was almost as pronounced
in Canada as in the United States, and the tragedy was regarded
by the Canadians in many places as a be- 
reavement second only to that of the Queen, which they had suffered
the same year.