ONE HUN­DRED YEARS AGO Satur­day Septem­ber 14, 1918

Campbeltown Courier - - NOSTALGIA -

Pick black­ber­ries for Tommy

To be tan­gled up these Septem­ber days in the black­berry bushes, with a scratch here and there, is about as near as most of us will ever get to re­al­is­ing what it is to be hung up in the Ger­man barbed wire. But there will be no ma­chine guns at work on us, only the hum­ming of bees and the singing of birds in­stead of the whistling of the bul­lets. Yet it is our lit­tle part in help­ing Tommy. He must have fruit or jam to keep him fit and well, and un­less we go out and pick the black­ber­ries for him, his jam ra­tion will have to be cut down very low. The Board of Ed­u­ca­tion re­alises the im­por­tance of the work so well that it has agreed to al­low the school chil­dren three half-days ev­ery week to go and pick black­ber­ries. But this is not enough; all who can must go. A small bas­ket to carry on the wrist, a stick with a crook in it to reach down the tall bram­bles, and a big fam­ily bas­ket for the day’s pick­ings com­prise the black­berry out­fit. A pair of old gloves, with the fingers cut down, will add to the plea­sure of pick­ing.

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