As I begin a new diary I cannot help wondering when and where and how its pages will be filled up. This is going to be a very critical year for the whole world and almost anything may happen. My constant fear is that the war will not reach a definite conclusion with a signed treaty of peace as wars in the past have done, but that it will gradually assume a general revolution in this and any belligerent country and perhaps neutral countries as well. War, war weariness, and general dislike to return to the unfair almost savage economic conditions which existed in pre-war days will very likely lead to something of this kind — a world revolution following up on a world-war. Well, we shall see!! Maud and I finished our packing, did a small amount of shopping chiefly at the drug store as N[ew] Years day is a general holiday in this country and nearly all the shops are shut. Rabold came round and we lunched together at the Algonquin and then he accompanied us to the station, the Grand Central, and saw us off to Chicago by the 2 train — A notice over the entrance to our train warned us that in consequence of the severe weather we must expect delays — quite unnecessary warning as regardless of weather conditions you can be quite certain that a railway journey in this country will take longer than scheduled time. Train comfortable. We stopped in Albany for one hour — for no apparent reason!