Dumfries and Galloway Standard
21 August 1844
The abolition of imprisonment for debt
The above act, which received the Royal assent on Friday by commission, came into operation on Saturday week, when a number of debtors who had been imprisoned in the different metropolitan prisons for debts under £20, were liberated.
22 August 1883
In 'Land and Water' a correspondent from Dysart states that a local proprietor who for a number of years past has had quantities of his fruit carried away about this period of the season, had a strict watch set this year in order to discover the depredators. The other morning when about to retire to rest he came upon a hedgehog marching along the walk with an apple on each side firmly fixed on the spikes which protect the quadruped's body.
Aberdeen Evening Express
22 August 1883
Robert Kidd (13), residing with John Field, furniture dealer, Gallowgate, was charged with having thrown stones in Gallowgate to the annoyance of passengers on 17th August. He pleaded not guilty, but evidence showed that accused had been throwing stones and struck a child. He was ordered to pay a fine of 2s 6d, failing payment six hours' imprisonment.
23 August 1850
Hawick: Railway excusion to Kelso
It appears we are to have another cheap excursion before the close of the long and pleasant days of summer. A pleasure train is to start from this town to Kelso on Saturday first (tomorrow) at a quarter past 1pm, and to leave Wallace Nick at seven in the evening. This is as it ought to be; and we trust that all who can conveniently get away, and especially the working class, will avail themselves of this opportunity of visiting the beautiful town of Kelso, and the lovely scenery around it – and we have no doubt but every facility will be given by employers to all who may incline to enjoy themselves in a rational way like this. The stay in Kelso is indeed short; but by proper arrangement, and by economising the time well, a good deal may be seen in a few hours.
24 August 1854
A young woman, a servant in Greenock, had a sweetheart in Australia, and having prospered, he gallantly determined to have the girl of his affections to be his wife, and for the purpose of fitting her out and paying her passage, remitted her the sum of £50. Alas! 'Frality thy name is woman!' Jane could neither appreciate the young man's proof of affection nor the happiness she was likely to enjoy in the far off land of gold, for on receipt of the money she disappeared with a fellow who is likely to spend it still more rapidly than it was earned. The expectant in Australia, when he comes to know the circumstance, may be thankful for his lucky escape, even though it has cost him the sum of fifty pounds sterling.
Greenock Telegraph and Clyde Shipping Gazette
26 August 1891
A heartless formality
A widow and her daughter residing in Stroud Green district (says today's Daily Telegraph) recently received a printed notice announcing that the undersigned objects to N.B. remaining any longer on the register of voters, because 'among other reasons' – 'fourthly, you are dead.' This heartless missive was addressed to the late husband and father. Surely there must be some means (a correspondent of the Daily Telegraph suggests) for removing the names of deceased voters from the register without harrowing the feelings of relatives in this manner. If not, then why not?