[Editor: This article, regarding Valentine’s Day, was published in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (Newcastle, NSW), 22 February 1902.]
Vanished St. Valentine.
An attempt was made this year by one or two of our fancy shops to resuscitate St. Valentine’s Day, but, as our American cousins say, “it didn’t amount to much.”
Yet some of the tinsel and gold fabrics were very pretty, while the verses and “sentiments’’ were much above the average. “Hearts” and “darts” and “smarts” have gone out and Tennysonian lines have “come in.”
However, it in very certain that St. Valentine’s Day, in Australia at all events, is rapidly becoming a saint’s day of the past.
Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (Newcastle, NSW), 22 February 1902, p. 3
Also published in:
The Ovens and Murray Advertiser (Beechworth, Vic.), 22 February 1902, p. 3 (Weekly Edition)
Tennyson = Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892), known as Lord Tennyson (he was the 1st Baron Tennyson), an English poet
See: “Alfred, Lord Tennyson”, Wikipedia
Tennysonian = of or pertaining to Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892, the English poet), or characteristic of his style of writing
[Editor: Changed “Heats” to “Hearts”.]
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