4 September 1849
In addition to the gold from California, already noticed, two Chinese coins have this week been received from Mr George Callender, Tannadice. We need hardly remind our readers, many of whom are in distant lands, that they might greatly enrich this museum, as yet in its infancy, by their contributions.
Glasgow Evening Post
4 September 1880
A caution to Irvine bathers. Shark caught in the bay
This morning Alexander Sinclair, fisherman, towed into the harbour a shark, which had got entangled in his herring-nets when fishing to the north of Irvine bay. It was brought up to the town this morning, and found to measure 9ft, 7in, in length, and 4ft, 2in, girth under the fins. The under jaw is furnished with two rows of teeth all round, with a third row cropping up in the centre. The upper jaw is furnished with two rows, and the whole are as sharp at the points as the thorns of a bramble bush. The appearance of the monster is likely to cause anything but a comfortable sensation among our deep-sea bathers. Six men were required to carry it to the cart which brought it up. It is consigned to Kilmarnock for exhibition today.
5 September 1848
The Scott Monument Committee have reduced the price of admission to the galleries from one shilling to sixpence. The reductions took effect on Monday the 21st current, and during the last week 127 visitors inspected the building, while in the corresponding week of the previous year the number who went up was only 42.
Elgin Courant and Morayshire Advertiser
6 September 1844
Extraordinary railway parcel
By the train which left Glasgow on Wednesday evening at half-past six o'clock, reaching Ayr at half-past eight, a parcel arrived, consisting of a white willow basket, with the lid closely sewed down. As there is no delivery after that hour, the basket was put along with other articles in the goods office, where it remained all night. This morning the porter proceeded to deliver the goods, and on going his rounds, thought he felt something stirring in the basket; and, on lifting the corner of the lid, discovered that his charge was a female child! The case is under investigation by the authorities.
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
7 September 1889
The school board and free education
Sir – Hawick, it seems, has earned the unenviable notoriety of being the first, if not the only, place of importance that has refused to partake in full of the rich blessing of free education. Could anyone, a week ago, have conceived that the School Board of the most Radical town in Scotland would stand alone in a feeble effort to stem the rising tide in favour of the most beneficent legislation of recent years? What will our advanced Liberal Members of Parliament, who have fought such a tough battle, think when they learn that Hawick, above all other towns, has snarled at a gift which, more than anything else, affects the weal of the body politic. Surely the working men representatives of the School Board have lost their wits. Do they not see that any small increase of rates to meet the extra expenditure of making education, so far as compulsory, free, would be as nothing to the industrial classes compared with the relief of school fees? Do they not also see that to impose fees for children in Standard V is about the worst method that could have been adopted? Standard V is the most critical of all the standards, and every inducement should be offered to secure regular attendance seeing that failure means another year at school. I trust the public will take up the matter at once, and let our School Board representatives know that a great deal more is involved in the question than they seem to think. – I am, &c, A RADICAL. [school fees were totally abolished in 1890.]
10 September 1898
A lightless cyclist caught
On Monday, at the Airdrie J P Court – before Baillie Lavell and Mr Gordon Black – a miner named Thomas Russell, residing at 4 Bothwell Park Rows, Bellshill, was fined 1s, with 19s costs, for having been found riding a bicycle on the Glasgow and Edinburgh road without a light an hour and a half after sunset. Accused gave a wrong address at first.