100 YEARS AGO
Quiet New Year in Strath
A good New Year to all our readers at home and abroad.
May it be the last year of the war.
The 1st of January was ushered in in ideal weather conditions in Strathearn.
Beautiful sunshine bathed the hills and valleys of the Strath during the day, surely an omen of good tiding for the days to come. The day was very quietly observed and there seemed to be comparatively little outward festivity, and the day was largely devoted to the visiting of friends and to family gatherings.
”Hope springs eternal in the human breast,”but the hopes expressed at the dawn of 1917 were not realised at its close.
The“boys”are still scattered all over the world, struggling, fighting, suffering in the cause of freedom and righteousness.
On Hogmanay there was a well-attended watchnight service in the Mission Hall, Commissioner Street. About the midnight hour, a youthful crowd assembled in James Square. As the bell in Comrie’s old church tower heralded the coming of another year, only some two dozen persons gathered, the female element being represented by one individual, at the“Toll”to keep up the custom of linking up the past.