It was in May 1916 that James Leatham published the first edition of Gateway from Turriff. Gateway was published nearly every month from 1912 to 1945 but there was a hiatus while Leatham moved from near Hull to Turriff. He was in regular danger from bombing and got to the point where he decided the risk wasn’t worth it, so he upped sticks and moved lock, stock and printing press barrel back to Scotland and settled for the rest of his life in Turriff.
While Gateway was generally published monthly over 30 years, there is a hiatus of a couple of months in March and April 1916 while he effected the move. By May he had the presses up and running again and the index of his first Turriff edition is shown below:
(picture above shows Gateway cover from May 1926 a decade later)
Gateway No 45 May 1916
Are The Germans Just Like Ourselves? A Reply to a Pacifist by the Editor p1
Behind the Counter XXX – A Clever Woman and a Dull Man p9
Are Scotsmen Canny? Daily News Carping at Aberdeen. By Jacobus p14
Always the Wrong Thing! P15
A Chiel’s Amang Ye. By Francis Grose. Change – and no Change – If We Should Lose! P 16
The Socialist Review p 1
John Payne, A Poet Who Did Not Care for Publicity. By James Leatham p20
Driving a Good Man Wrong. The Lloyd George – Asquith Disagreement p21
The Plea of an Unwilling Attestor. A Gateway bullet Finds an Unexpected Billet p22
The Bravery of the British Common Soldier. A famous High Tory on Freedom and Valour. By Log-Roller p15
‘Them Sunday Trousis’ p20
Mixed Drinks. Verses by G.K.C p29
The Lesser Evil p30
Prisoner of War. Short Story by K p31
You can see how significant the war was at this point in the Gateway’s history. Currently the only way to read this edition is in library reference/special collections – but we are working on indexing Gateway in its entirety, with the intention of then digitising as much as possible over the years ahead. It’s worth remembering though that just because something is in the public domain doesn’t mean it’s either accessible, or free! The online Gateway remains, like the NHS (at least in Scotland) free at the point of consumption/delivery. And we remain committed to helping you source public domain works that have otherwise been ignored or forgotten.
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