|Source: the Telegram, April 7, 1911.|
WILLIAMS (since he shows promise as the smooth talker of the pair): Hello there young lovers. Are you here to celebrate your honeymoon?
GROOM: We are. Just arrived on the train. Been looking forward to this for three years. Do you know if anyone's going over the falls in a barrel today?
WILLIAMS: Wouldn't know. Not as common as you'd think. By the way, I notice your rings are not diamonds.
BRIDE: He couldn't afford them on his clerk's salary. But our love is priceless.
WILLIAMS: That may be true, but it would be nice to have one to show the depth of your love, wouldn't it?
GROOM: Why sure!
WILLIAMS: It so happens I'm a travelling jeweler, and I have some sample diamonds I'm intending to show to dealers here. I think I may have one which is perfect for such a lovely couple as you two. And since it's a sample, I can let you have it for a reasonable price. Think of the envy your friends will feel when they see you with genuine diamonds!
BRIDE: Henry, we have to have them!
GROOM: Anything for you my dear.
WILLIAMS: Excellent. You will be happy with your purchase.
GROOM: Thank you sir. And now, let's go find somebody who can tell us if anyone is going over the falls in a barrel today. We really want to see this!
Sidenote: Ellis Brothers were based at 96-98 Yonge Street, north of King Street. The firm was eventually absorbed by Birks.
The second illustration depicts plans for a new YMCA at College and Dovercourt. A century later, the building still provides a place for locals to work out. It was designed by the architectural firm of Burke, Horwood & White, who also worked on the Central and Broadview Ys mentioned in the article. Neither of those buildings survive - the Broadview location is now residential, while the old Central site is currently occupied by Toronto Police Headquarters.