Oban Times and Argyllshire Advertiser
3 October 1868
A Highland woman in search of her friend
The other day a decently-attired female was observed standing at the head of Storie Street, Paisley, and asking the passers by 'if they kent whaur (naming a particular individual) leev'd.' She said she had just come from the Highlands and was in quest of a relation who was residing in Paisley, but she could tell nothing further about his place of abode than that it was 'some place in Paisley.' 'He had got married no lang since,' she said, 'an' he was a decent labourin' man, and nae doot some o' the folk in Paisley could direck her to his hoose.'
She might have remained all day, in the street accosting everybody who passed with the singular question – 'dae ye ken whaur ----- leeves?' without finding him, but fortunately an employee of the gas office came up, and it occurred to him that the name and address of her friend would be in the collector's book. He asked her to accompany him to the office, where, after a little inquiry, the residence of her friend was ascertained, and she soon found herself at his house.
3 October 1893
Some excitement was created at Fraserburgh among the shore loafers on Friday on the arrival of the Marshall Keith of Hamburg and from that port. The vessel was flying the yellow-jack, as a matter of course. After being examined by the medical officer and after he had left, the vessel, still flying the ominous piece of cotton, proceeded from the quarantine anchorage to port. The word was passed that she was not 'clean', and as she entered the crowd gathered. But it was not long until it was known that there was not the slightest ground for excitement – a 'clean bill of health' having been granted. [The yellow jack, or signal flag 'Quebec', was historically used to signal that a craft was under quarantine.]
Carluke and Lanark Gazette
5 October 1907
The fire brigade had a practice turnout on Saturday afternoon last. The following members were in attendance:- Wm. Hastie, captain; John Stewart, vice-captain; Peter Samuel and Robert Gilchrist, firemen. The brigade made a round of all the hydrants, and fully tested all the hose and fittings. There are in all 30 hydrants and all were found in excellent working order. The town is fairly well covered with the fire hydrants and the length of hose possessed by the brigade is something like 200 yards. The usefulness of these practice tests must be apparent to all and it is a pity that more of the firemen do not take part in them.
8 October 1870
Lost his specs
On Sunday last, Dr William Anderson, of Glasgow, preached in Viewfield UP Church, Stirling, and introduced the Rev A F Knox to his people. After delivering a forcible address to his hearers from the text given out, the rev. gentleman, who read from M S, took his spectacles from his nose, and laid them under the reading desk of the pulpit. He then delivered some offhand remarks to the people and pastor on their mutual relations, and what was to be expected from each. This concluded, he was about to give out the psalm, when he discovered that his spectacles were not on his nose. Dr Anderson at once instituted a vigorous and minute search on the floor, under the bible, on the floor of the church near to the pulpit, but failed to discover the missing aids to sight. Raising his head above the edge of the pulpit, he announced his loss – 'Freends, I've lost my specs,' and once more resumed the search, amid a slight tittering from the older members of the congregation, and one or two hearty bursts of laughter from the youngsters. Suddenly a happy thought struck an old gentleman in the church, and his aids to vision having been transferred to the learned preacher's nose, the service proceeded with its wonted solemnity.
10 October 1863
The Stranraer October Horse Fair was held here on Monday last. The show of horses was more numerous than for several years back, though few really good ones were brought forward, the bulk being inferior young horses and worn-out animals. There was a fair attendance of farmers and dealers, but the demand was dull, and sales slow. Prices ranged from £20 to £35 for good serviceable animals; and down to 30s for those of inferior quality, numbers leaving unsold.