His wee bit ingle, blinkin' bonnilie, His clean hearthstane, his couthie wifie's smile. —Burns.
When the " ingleside "meeting was instituted by the local Caledonian Society, the idea was to provide for the members and their families similar entertainment to that supplied by a Scotch farmer for the guests he invited to the feast he gave when his "first" daughter was married We mean by this the first of his daughters. If the first were his eldest, he might perhaps be a little more lavish in his expenditure on the feast than he would have been had the girl been other than the elder, but his ''first lassie's waddin " was always a great time. The homely yet hearty fare provided—routh o' a' quid things—gladdened the hearts of young and old. Social distinctions for the time were levelledy for master and hind were there together, greive, first pair and hindmost pair, cattleman, orra man, halflin, and herd: there too (of course), the lasses of every grade from every neibor tcon, as the Scotch people call their farm steadings. One and all mingled in the reel to Donald's pipes or Duncan's fiddle, a.nd the " nicht drave on wi' gangs and clatter." The "ingle," as everybody knows, means the fire, fireplace, and hearth, and a better sample of how the Scotch people use the word could not be selected thtii in the couplet from Burns's "Cottar's Saturday Night" which mottoes this notice. The Caledonian Society of Ashburton in their " meeting round the ingle" had in view a homely, hearty three hours together for their members. Of course the '' ingle" in its literal sense is not there in a large hall like the Oddfellows', but the spirit of the Ingleside is there as can be seen in the honest beaming faces, and the appearance that everyone in tho house presents of genuinely enjoying himself, Such was the state of affairs on Friday night, when the first "Ingleside" of the season "cam* aff." Mr W. Malcolm was the Society's henchman and made all the arrangements. These turned out to.' be perfect, and everything went merry as a marriage bell. Mr Charles Reid as usual had charge of the floor, and after each round dance there was introduced either a song, a Scotch humorous "* story, or a step dance. Mr Donald McLean and Mr Andrew McKenzie were the single dancers, the former footing the Highland Fling with his usual "birr," and the latter dancing Seauntreus in the graceful style with whioh he has made his audiences acquainted. Mr Story, the "pawky Adam Glen " of Acton, Rakaia, told two broadly humorous Scotch stories in a style that would have silenced Souter Johnny, and made those who kew the Doric laugh t<U the tears ran down. Mr MUAex\ MiThomas, and Mr Malcolm himself were the singers, and were successful as such, while the pipers were Messrs AHck McKay and George Robinson, Miss Holloway lending a hand at the piano for the dance music., The bright moonlight was an inducement to a large number of the country people to stay longer than usual, so that it was midnight before the party broke up. "Auld Langsyne," being the finale.
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THE "INGLESIDE.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 31 May 1890
THE "INGLESIDE." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2438, 31 May 1890
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