CALEDONIAN SOCIETY OF SOUTHLAND. The management of this veteran institution evidently mean to make the gathering of 1907 a notable one. The number of events have been increased to 42—surely a record list for one day’s sports—and the prizemoney reaches the handsome total of £230. Of this £56 is devoted to piping and dancing, £7O to running, to cycling £25, to jumping £lB, to heavy athletics and sawing and chopping £55, to children’s races £5, with £2l in medals and trophies far amateur events. The spirited policy of the directors deserves success, and a series of keenly-contested items may be looked for. As for the attendance of the public on New Year's Day, it may be taken for granted that it will be large. Apart from the attractions offeted by the sports, Scotsmen dearly love to foregather once a year with old friends, and recall Auld Lang Syne, and listen to the national music and thrill responsive to the call of the pipes. Every sight and sound that brings to mind the old land will be welcomed, for, as a poet has well put it ; Far from its native moorland Or crest of “wine-red” hill. At sight or scent of heather The hearts of Scotchmen thrill. Though crushed its purple blossoms, Itr tender stems turned brown. It brings romantic Highlands Into prosaic town. The clans are on the border. The chiefs are in the fray, We’re keen upon their footsteps With Wayitor Scot to-day. Peal smoke from lowland cottage Floats curling up, and turns Our dreams towards quiet hearthstones And melodies of Burns. And last our fancy lingers With fond regret and vain Where sleeps our Tusitala Beneath the tropic rain— Far from the purple heather Or gleaming rowan bough, Alone on mountain summit, “Our hearts remember how !”
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The Reporter., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 44, 29 December 1906
The Reporter. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 44, 29 December 1906
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