10 October 1889
Dear Sir, – Would you allow me to make a suggestion through the Herald? Our street scavengers have not been successful in getting up their pay. I am not to say whether that is right or wrong, but there is one addition that the Commissioners should make immediately to the extra privileges they had granted their employees. They should give their scavengers and carters waterproof jackets. In the heavy rains of this and last week, I saw several of the men busy on the streets, getting drenched to the skin – and it made me miserable to know that the poor fellows had to go home to the family and domestic comforts, which 16s a week can provide! I assisted one old man to put on an old torn waterproof, which he had got somewhere, and seemed to value highly; but the protection it gave him was but scanty. The Commissioners should, before winter sets in, do this act of kindly justice, and their constituents will heartily support it, I am sure. – I am, yours &c. Thomas Stewart
12 October 1847
A canoe was found a few days ago, 17 feet below the surface, and 100 feet from the margin of the Clyde, at the present time, by the workmen in the course of excavating the new quay at Springfield. The relic is made out of a solid oak, rudely hollowed. It is somewhat decayed in the stern part, which is about two feet in breadth, and tapers to a point towards the prow; it measures 10 feet in length, and is about 18 inches in depth. It is evident that this remnant of an olden time has been imbedded in the earth for ages, the wood of which it is formed having become quite black.
Glasgow Evening Post
14 October 1867
In search of milk
Sarah Smith was charged with drinking in a shebeen at 69 Havannah Street, occupied by John Donally, on Sunday morning. Smith stated that she had gone into Donally's between twelve and one o'clock on the morning to procure some milk. The constable stated that she was found in the house in question, along with three men, at half-past four o'clock, and that she was drinking ale from a china cup. The woman interrupted the witness to say that it was milk she was drinking, and that if he had looked properly he might have seen it, and also have got some himself. The Bailie found the charge proven, and fined Smith in 10s, with the alternative of 10 days' imprisonment.
14 October 1890
Death of a well-known engine driver
On Wednesday David Walker, one of the oldest engine-drivers in Scotland, died at his residence in North Street, Forfar, at the age of 77. Deceased was well known over all the railway. He was first appointed engine-driver when the old Dundee and Newtyle line was made, and was latterly transferred to the Forfar and Arbroath line when it was opened. Since that time he has been driver on a number of the through going trains, and was always known as a cautious and careful servant. Old age took him from his engine fully 10 years ago, after which the Railway Company gave him some easy employment in their workshops at Forfar Station, and when a year or two ago he retired he was awarded a pension. Deceased leaves a grown-up family.
15 October 1886
Home rule for Scotland
At the meeting of the Convention of Burghs on Tuesday, a resolution in favour of conferring a system of local government or home rule for Scotland was moved and seconded. Treasurer Ferme, Haddington, said he had no sympathy with the cry for Home Rule. They talked about Scottish affairs, but the question was what was a Scottish affair? It seemed to him that instead of trying to divide the Empire into three parts, they should endeavour to consolidate the Empire, and think more of what was British than of what was merely Scottish or English. The motion, after discussion, was agreed to.