Would it be too much to ask you to type out the opening sentence of each essay...? I can then check with the text in The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow.
I have a copy of Home Chimes compilation - Re - opening lines of Gossips Corner as requested above -
1. A Happy new year to you reader - I won't say "dear reader" because you might me a married womam, or something of that sort and in these days when members of my miserable sex are made co-respondents for shaking hands with a lady in the street, one has to be careful. It is just twelve months since I last - and first wished you that wish in these pages
2. Too much Jubilee, we are all suffering from, I fancy, just at thepresent. We have arranged and rearranged,discussed,argued,quarelled,agreed and thrashed out the matter so long that it has become a weariness unto the flesh; and we are sick of the whole thing before it has begun
3.I wonder what a sham fight is like. I've been always making up my mind to see the Easter Volunteer Review, but somehow or other,something or another has always prevented the citizen soldiers of this country from having the advantage of my patronage at their yearly show-
Hope this helps with the above request - there are a few more if you need them!!