I will be writing a series of posts about my paternal great granduncle, Richard “Dick” Lindsay, throughout the year. I heard a lot about him growing up, as we spent a lot of time with my grandmother, Marie W. Lindsay Gould, who was his niece.
To see my first post you can click here.
This article appeared in the Detroit Free Press on 10 Oct 1912. It concerned by great granduncle’s run for City Clerk in Detroit. He received an envelope containing a sprig of white heather. White heather is considered a talisman of luck to a Scotchman. The lucky heather had been sent, along with a note from his nephew.
HERE’S THE ARTICLE
|Detroit Free Press, 10 Oct 1912, page 16
Here is my transcription
PERHAPS IT WILL BRING HIM VICTORY AT POLLS
Richard Lindsay Receives White Heather in Detroit from nephew in South Africa
Richard Lindsay, the Republican candidate for city clerk, is pretty certain that a letter he received Wednesday from Cape Town, South Africa, contained the limit in surprises.
When he opened the envelope something dropped out which Dick was surprised to find was a genuine white heather.
To the Scotchman, white heather is as great a talisman of luck as finding a horseshoe and along with the silent message it conveyed from that most unexpected corner of the world was a brief note from a nephew of Lindsay informaing him that he had just read a copy of The Detroit Free Press for which he paid 25 cents at Cape Town, informing him of the result of the August primaries in Detroit.
Did the heather bring Uncle Dick the victory? Stay tuned.
Who was the nephew in South Africa? Seems I have research to conduct.
Stay tuned throughout the year as I continue to write about my Great Granduncle, Richard Lindsay, known to family as Uncle Dick.
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