This is from page 3 of the British magazine Golf Illustrated 115 years ago:
A gude New Year an’ health an’ cheer,
Tae ilka gowfin’ loon,
An’ may we steer o’ hazards clear,
In life and gowf each roun’.
A good New Year and health and cheer,
To every golfing loon,
And may we steer of hazards clear,
In life and golf each round.
(Clearly, the original is better!)
The verse was followed by the statement: “Another round in the great game of life has now commenced. Let us hope that 1900 will have fewer bunkers in store for us than 1899.” This was followed by a second statement referring to the 2nd Boer War:
“Ring out the Old, Ring in the New!” seems to be a singularly appropriate sentiment this particular New Year time. We have a long and heavy score to wipe off in South Africa before we can settle down in peace and comfort of mind to our ordinary avocations.
I wonder what the magazine editors wrote at the beginning of 1914.
In any case, I wish you and all the readers of this Blog a happy and peaceful New Year.