Category Archives: March 1914

All diary entries written in March 1914.

21 March 1914; Saturday

Got up in decent time. Finished about 1.30. Had short walk in the town in the afternoon. Went to the King’s Theatre at night and saw “The Daughter of the Regiment”. It was very good but not so good as the pieces I saw previously. Willie Marshall and Willie Whittaker with me. A crowded house. Wet changeable day. Ulster Crisis very acute1.

  1. “The Ulster Crisis” refers to the first signs of Protestant opposition in Ireland to the Home Rule legislation of Asquith’s government, which was followed by widespread gun-­running and civilian armament; and to the “Curragh Mutiny” by British Army officers in Dublin, who announced that they would resign their commissions rather than lead military action against the Protestant opposition to Home Rule (see 23 March.) Although these troubles were put into suspense by the outbreak of WW1 in August 1914, it was never considered possible to introduce military conscription in Ireland. The Dublin uprising ensued in 1916. 

18 March 1914; Wednesday

Got through work in decent time. Joe received message from Newcastle with regard to the place he applied for. He went to Newcastle and practically fixed it. At night he went to see Dr Todd in regard to a postcard he had received.

Band of Hope Concert1. Very poor house. The social a success from a musical point of view. Pye and Charlie sang all right and Miss Robson was not so bad. Briggs managed all right. I played pretty well. Miss Hunter and the children were pretty well taken with. Mr Morley was good but had poor reception. Mr Chadwick didn’t turn up except for his speech. A lot of excitement at home about it.

  1. Band of Hope: See note on 13 January

17 March 1914; Tuesday

Not very much to do at work. Played at night and went down to the chapel last thing and helped Jim to put up the curtains and things. Came round with Willie Marshall. St Patrick’s social at the Victoria Hall1 and there were a lot of drunken Irish people dancing beside the Palatine2 last thing at night. I went up to Brumwell’s3 and got Father a fiddle string. Joe at Leeds. He wired to say he had taken the place to start on Monday next.

  1. Victoria Hall: See note on 10 January

  2. “Palatine”: the Palatine Hotel, in South Bridge Street. 

  3. “Brumwell’s” (if correct): hardware shop in John Street (or Frederick Street?) with very comprehenisve stock. 

15 March 1914; Sunday

At chapel and class as usual. Mr Riddell preaching in the morning and didn’t do it so very badly. Mr Best preached at night. I managed pretty well at Sunday School. Had usual walks. Tried to sell tickets for the social, but not much excitement.

13 March 1914; Friday

Got up about 8 o’clock. Busy all day. Finished about 5.30. Mr Pike in at night. I got Susie Robson’s songs and tried them over. Had short walk last thing. Went to bed about 11 o’clock. The doctor in and he is not coming until next week. Father downstairs in the front room.

12 March 1914; Thursday

Got up shortly after 7 o’clock. Drilled. Wrote a bit. At work in good time. Not much to do. Mr Briggs came at night. We played until after 9 o’clock. Charlie sang a few songs. Went down to see Mr Morley afterwards and arranged with him for a few “darts†”1. Posted letter for Joe last thing about a job at Newcastle.

  1. “Darts” is a possible reading, but being in inverted commas, it evidently had some special meaning at which it is now impossible to guess.