Struggle for independence of America, and border between Canada and United States. Sam Adams and early colonists of the Continental Congress seek to bring Canadians into their efforts against British rule. Sketches of British ships in nearby harbors monitoring the colonists. Picture of a snake with 'Die' and 'Join' written under it. Richard Montgomery leads group to take Canada by force, heading up Lake Champlain toward Canada with 4000 men. Attack led by Benedict Arnold toward fortress of Quebec. Map shows the boundaries between Quebec and New England. Governor Sir Guy Carlton abandoning Montreal to Montgomery. Path of Montgomery and Benedict Arnold together to try to seize Quebec. Depiction of Montgomery killed in the attack, and loss by the American colonists at Quebec. With commentary and narration by J. Frank Willis.
Flags at half staff in mourning on roof of College of Notre Dame in Montreal, Canada (Collège Notre-Dame, in Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal). Thousands of people (a total of about 1 million in one week) pay last respects to the 'Miracle Man' of Montreal, who died January 6th, 1937. Brother Andre, the former Alfred Bessette, was a revered 20th century disciple of St. Joseph associated with St. Joseph's Oratory, a major Roman Catholic religious sanctuary in Montreal, Canada (l'Oratoire Saint-Joseph du Mont-Royal). On Saturday, January 9, the coffin is taken from the Oratory to the Montreal cathedral Marie-Reine du Monde (Mary Queen of the World), for a first funeral Mass. Six Firemen Officers carry it inside. Later, back into the sanctuary (St Joseph's Oratory) it would lie in state until January 12 for a second funeral ceremony. View of the open coffin. Views of the St. Joseph's Oratory. Brother Andre poses for picture a few years before his death.
The Saint Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations by the French Canadians in Saint Helen's Island, Montreal, Canada. A large crowd of French Canadians in Saint Helen's Island in Montreal in Canada. Light works and fireworks illuminate the sky. A downpour starts. Men and women near a board which reads 'St Helene Island'. Women under a covered area. People watch the fireworks. A final several-foot long replica of Niagara Falls made of fireworks on display. The men and women watch the display.
Fencers compete in an international meet for the McConnell Cup in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Two participants fence during the competition. Spectators watch.
Shows Canada's Olympic swimming team at Montreal, Quebec. The athletes perform somersaults from a high ramp into a pool. Spectators gather in large numbers around the pool and cheer for their team.
Ice breakers push out into the St. Lawrence River to clear the channel for shipping. Federal ice breaker MB Mclain cuts through ice and maneuvers its way across the Montreal Harbor. Captain of the ship on deck. The ship cuts through a heavy lair of ice. She backs up again and pushes through.