100 YEARS AGO

Quiet New Year in Strath

Strathearn Herald - - MEMORY LANE -

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.

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