[Editor: This article, about the celebration of Mother’s Day in Katoomba (NSW), was published in The Blue Mountain Echo (Katoomba, NSW), 13 May 1921.]
“Youth fades, love droops,
The leaves of friendship fall;
A mother’s secret hope
Outlives them all.”
Such was the spirit of last weekend. White carnations were worn everywhere, and in all churches loving reference was made to the day.
The town was the better for the prevailing spirit, and Mothers’ Day, though copied from the Yanks, should never be erased from the list of our Great Days.
The Blue Mountain Echo (Katoomba, NSW), 13 May 1921, p. 5
The quotation is from the poem “A Mother’s Secret”, written by the American poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)
See: 1) “A Mother’s Secret”, in: Oliver Wendell Holmes (editor: J. H. Castleman), Selections from the Poems of Oliver Wendell Holmes, New York: The Macmillan Company, 1907, pp. 163-167 [the extract quoted is on p. 167]
2) “Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.”, Wikipedia
Yank = someone from America (the United States of America), i.e. an American, or something from America; in the context of the American Civil War (the War Between the States), or in the context of the US North-South divide, it refers to someone, or something, from the northern states of the USA (also rendered as “Yankee”)
[Editor: The original text has been separated into paragraphs.]
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