Monthly Archives: June 2014

10 June 1914; Wednesday

Got up about 7.40. Tried a few of Charlie’s things through first thing. Not much to do at work. Got off a bit extra to go to the wedding. Merely saw them married and went back to work. All the rest of the family on the job. Father gave Lily away. Charlie sang a song. Little bit stiffness between the two families.

Willie Marshall married to Lily Linfoot1.

Mr Chadwick officiated. They went to Alnwick for their honeymoon.
Went down to chapel at night and hurried to finish off putting up the platform. Fine day.


  1. See note on 8 May

9 June 1914; Tuesday

Got up about 7.40. Wet morning. Foot a lot better. Directors’ meeting. I had no letters. Finished early. Went down to practice. Played organ for good part of it. Stormy wet day. Carried some plants down from Pickell’s† to the chapel last thing for Willie’s wedding.

8 June 1914; Monday

Got up late. Wet morning. Not much to do. Finished at 5 o’clock sharp. Played a bit. Read one or two of W.W. Jacobs’ short stories1. Went down to the annual teachers’ meeting2. Came round with Willie Whittaker. Made some hair restorer. Went to bed late.


  1. W W Jacobs: very popular writer of comic short stories and novels, mostly on low life in sea‐ports, but with some exceptions, e.g. his best‐known story “The Monkey’s Paw”, a ‘suspense’ short story. See also: Arthur Linfoot’s Library 

  2. “Teachers’ meeting” would be Sunday School teachers. 

W. W. Jacobs

Cover ImageW. W. Jacobs was an English author of short stories and novels. Although much of his work was humorous, he is most famous for his horror story “The Monkey’s Paw“.

Arthur Linfoot noted, in his diary entry for 8 June 1914, that he had read “one or two of W.W. Jacobs’ short stories”. Clearly we cannot know which.

Arthur Linfoot also noted, on 17 May 1917, what appears to have been some kind of stage adaptation of The Monkey’s Paw, performed by the Merry Mauves at Bailleul.

W. W. Jabobs’ complete works remain available as an Amazon KIndle book.

7 June 1914; Sunday

Stayed off chapel in the morning through bad foot. At Sunday School and chapel at night. Stayed to sacrament. Had short walk afterwards with Willie, Charlie and Dora’s Charlie. Talked with Blaikie too. No lesson in the School. The weather a bit showery. Got wet in the afternoon. Read a bit. Played a bit.

6 June 1914; Saturday

At work as usual. Very little to do and we finished at 1 o’clock without leaving anything back. Troubled a bit with my foot. Charlie got some stuff at the chemist’s for it. Charlie’s Birthday. I bought him a tie. We went up the town and bought Willie and Lily a salad bowl. I went down with it at night and we talked until 10 o’clock. Saw their presents. Read a good bit.

5 June 1914; Friday

Didn’t go to baths on account of bad foot. Busy all day. Finished early. Went for Charlie and called for Willie on the way to meeting. Mr F.E.Smith1 at the Victoria Hall2. He spoke about 1¼ hours. Had a lot of interruption especially from a woman in the gallery. A crowded house. He made a good case, but didn’t finish his speech on account of the heckling. Enjoyed the meeting.


  1. Mr F E Smith: 1872 – 1930; Solicitor General, then Attorney General, 1915 – 19; Lord Chancellor (as Lord Birkenhead) 1919 – 22; Secretary of State for India, 1924 – 28; deeply involved with Unionist Ireland -­ possibly the subject of this speech. 

  2. Victoria Hall: see note on 10 January