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Title: Ernest Cochrane, Calgary, Canada, to Katie [Finlay?], Co. Down
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCochrane, Ernest/89
SenderCochrane, Ernest
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationprovost sergeant
Sender Religionunknown
OriginCalgary, Canada
DestinationCo. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientFinlay, Kate
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceT3504/1/20: Copied by courtesy of Mr A. D. Finlay
ArchiveThe Public Record Office, N. Ireland.
Doc. No.9407010
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 01:07:1994.
Word Count429
TranscriptFrom: Ernest Cochrane,
The Barracks,
Calgary N.W.T. [North West Territories?],

To: Miss Katie Finlay,
Country Down,

New Years Day 1899

My very dear Katie
I am beginning this year
with a letter to you; & I feel
the act will bring me Good
Luck. I got your beautiful
present, & indeed I do admire
it. I never saw a nicer added
to the thought of the giver,
makes me put a high
value on it.
By this time I hope you
have got the photo safe, &
that you will be able to
recognise "old Scally". I want
you most particularly to
give me your candid opinion
on His Majesty The Pig; for
I am getting fonder of the
little chum every day.
I hope you have had a Merry
Xmas, & that you were well
remembered by your host
of friends. The day passed
with me very quietly in the
Guard Room, on duty, just
as this one is doing.
I have had some female
lunatics lately & they caused
a lot of trouble. Poor things,
God help them. One of them,
a wealthy lady from Co [County?] Donegal,
took a violent fancy to kiss
me!! But as I am out of
that sort of thing, & suspected
she might bite me at the
same time, her repeated requests
were not complied with!
We tried two matrons with
her, but she fired both out
of her cell: and the unfortunate
writer of this, had to feed &
do what I could for her: &
even he was not exempt
from dislikes, as she grazed
his head with a plate!
Our Winter is here. Yesterday
the thermometer showed
22 degrees below zero or in other words
54 degrees of frost. How would you
like that? Snow is everywhere
& the landscape looks pretty.
The Rockies, that you will
be crossing some day, are
mantled all over: & show out
grand. Truly may Kipling
call Canada "Our Lady of the
Snow" I have not heard
from John yet: but when
the letter comes it will be
Sitting in this not very
romantic guard Room, I
am wishing you every joy
& happiness for the year
that has just begun &
added to this a fervent
wish that you may be longed [long?]
spared to your friends: one
of which I am proud to be
The Pig is well & had a great
time with the men at Xmas
All he could eat & as much
petting as one of his kind
could get.
May this find you well & happy
& again trying to thank you
for your loving thoughtfulness
believe me dearest Katie
Ever your friend
Ernest Cochrane