The Cavalier, manuscript poems and short stories.
World War One: SMYTHE, Barbara (editor)
Category: First World War
Moulin Almond, Perth No Publisher. 1916.
Original home made book, decorated card over canvas, tape pockets to inside of rear board; 8vo. 183 pages. A collection of 15 original items, illustrated with 12 watercolours. Written by A group of seven young women relatives to raise money for the War effort and rented out at a few pence a day to neighbours, friends and relatives. A note on the contents page reads "No reader must keep the Cavalier longer than two days. If kept longer 1/2d must be paid for every extra day. Please put six penny stamps in the pocket under given name, & send it onto the next address. The money thus made goes to War Funds & the Queens Hospital for Children. B.E. Smythe (editor)". Much of the content is overshadowed by the War, such as the poems "The Fair City" (Dedicated to P-r on his return by a Perthshire Beaden" and"The Ballad of a Diable Bleu a true story by a Chasseur home on leave, & put into verse." The first story, which is the longest at 67 pages is called Robin's Wish, concerns the long awaited Christmas visit of cousin Paul. The story ends "We never saw Cousin Paul again. A year later he was killed in the Great War fighting on the Russian front (I can't spell the name of the place he was killed at)." The rear board has 15 addressed pockets for the stamps. The addresses stretch across Scotland and England, the last addressee being Lady Betty Hay, 74 Eaton Place in London. Also included is a fine album of family photographs for the 1920's onwards. The Smythes were a prosperous Perthshire family. Barbara Smythe remained unmarried and lived on the family estate until the late 1980's.