There is a picture in the Tate Gallery in London of a young girl, wan and sad, sitting in front of a cottage, and past the gate there walks an old man carrying a scythe, the picture being known as "The Man With the Scythe".
Past our dwellings here in Grimsby the Man with the Scythe has been making his way all too frequently in these days, each of us being able to number many faces not to be seen again.
Early on Monday morning of this week,in a nursing home in Toronto, to which she had been taken only a short time ago, there died Mrs. James Morphet Metcalf in her 92nd year, a lady who long occupied an important place in this Town and Township, and in the hearts of many, many friends.
Mrs. Metcalf, whose name before marriage was Emma Clarke, had spent her early years in the town of Elora, a place from which many noted persons have entered the larger life of Canada, and with her first husband had made her home in Kingston, her husband, Dr. William Metcalf, being Superintendent of the Rockwood Hospital for the insane near that city.
Not long after this marriage her husband met a violent death at the hands of an inmate of the Institution, her brother, Dr. Charles Clarke being a witness of this scene. Some years afterwards Mrs. Metcalf married the brother of her deceased husband, and with him came to live on the place now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Victor Thompson, in North Grimsby. At a later time a new home was built on the edge of this property, and there lived Mr. and Mrs. James Metcalf till this husband was fatally injured in an accident on the Highway.
Despite these misfortunes, the lady now deceased has lived in a world of serene contentment, and of an ever increasing charm and generosity. She was at home and happy among her flowers and her friends, her rich personality overflowing into the lives of all whose privilege it was to be her guests. If old in years, she remained young in heart, and never failed to be interested in the events both public and private which were taking place around her. In recent years she had had the constant and affectionate companionship of Mrs. Llewella Milne, her daughters also, Mrs. Cosgrave and Mrs. Johnston of Toronto, visiting her as frequently as they found it possible.
Mrs. Metcalf was a member of St. Andrew's Church, and till recently made her way to that place of worship with rare loyalty and reverence, her presence bringing a blessing both to Rector and people. After an appropriate service in the Church Wednesday afternoon, in the presence of many old friends and with kindly words from the Rector, Neil. E.A. Brooks, and the Rev. Neil M. Leckie, her burial took place in a plot in the Churchyard close by.