Aberdeen Press and Journal
27 November 1850
The planet Venus is now visible each clear evening, shortly after sunset, near the south-western horizon. Saturn shortly before ten o'clock, appears due south. Jupiter is visible on the south-eastern horizon at daybreak.
28 November 1850
Original manuscript of Waverley
The original MS [manuscript] of 'Waverley,' wholly in the handwriting of Sir Walter Scott – the same MS which sold in Evans's in 1831 with the other MSS' [manuscripts] of the noble series of novels and romances – has just been presented to the Advocates' Library, Edinburgh, by Mr James Hall, brother of the late Captain Basil Hall. At the sale alluded to, the MS was bought by Mr Wilks, MP, for something under £20, and it was sold by that gentleman next week to Mr Hall, at Mr Hall's price of forty guineas.
It is a well-known fact to all readers of Scott that the novel of 'Waverley' was commenced about the year 1805, and laid aside in an old cabinet till 1813 – when it was again taken up, completed, and published; we need hardly add with what success. The MS, both in the dated water-marks of the paper, and by features in the hand-writing, confirms and illustrates the story of the delay. It is not perhaps generally known that the trustees of the Advocates' Library were in treaty for the purchase of the whole of the MSS, and actually offered more for them than they realised at the sale. While we regret that the offer of the Advocates was not accepted, and the MSS kept together for public use and general gratification – we are pleased to think that, all circumstances considered, the most interesting of the MSS (thanks to Mr Hall) has been added to the treasures of the noblest library in Scotland.
28 November 1912
Goethe says somewhere that in the interests of culture every one should, as frequently as possible, hear good music, read good poetry and see a good picture. Those of us who have the inestimable privilege of living in Forfar have less excuse for the lack of culture than most folk. In the matter of the picture at least we are in a remarkably favourable position. It has been declared by a competent authority that we have in our midst three valuable portraits: one by Raeburn, one by Hoppner and one by Romney. Many of us have had the opportunity of seeing them all our days, but hitherto we did not know how precious the fluid was which was being held to our lips. Henceforth our visits to the Town Hall ought to bear something of the nature of a devout pilgrimage.
28 November 1863
Dailly – debating society
The young men residing at Dalquharran seem determined to keep pace with the march of improvement, and we heartily bid them good speed. The Cricket Club formed amongst them was vigorously carried out, and now that the season of out-door recreation is past, they are not inclined to rest on their oars. 'A Debating Society' has been commenced, and about sixteen members have already been enrolled. On Friday evening last they met for their first debate, and in order to encourage those who had never taken a hand at this 'tug of war,' a subject familiar to all was chosen, viz, 'Is the use of tobacco to be desired?' The lovers of the 'soothing weed' will be gratified to learn that the giant intellects of Dalquharran, by a majority, decided in favour of 'the luntin' pipe and sneeshin' mill.'
29 November 1853
A 'strike' in law
The delay in opening the Scots Law Class in the University this session, gave rise to some curious speculation as to the cause of so unusual a circumstance as an alleged 'strike' in Law. Now that the class is announced to open on the 30th inst., al, doubts have been resolved. It appears that the Professor of Scots Law, Mr Macconnochie, insisted that his students should, like those of other classes in the College, have a class library, useful in every department of a collegiate education, but particularly so in that of law. This very justifiable request was either refused by the Senate, or at least delayed, and to bring the matter to an issue the learned Professor refused to commence his course till it should be determined.
The Senate, at a recent meeting, we are glad to learn, so far yielded to the pressure as to vote a sum sufficient to form the nucleus of a law library deemed by the Professor essential to the proper discharge of his own duty and the advancement of his pupils. The 'strike' in Law being now satisfactorily arranged, the 'locked out' will go in on the 30th, and we have no doubt both Professor and students will, during the session, make up for lost time.
Stornoway Gazette and West Coast Advertiser
1 December 1950
The exhibition of French Impressionist art in the old School Canteen this week is not so stimulating as some of the earlier art exhibitions arranged by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Arts Association of Lewis. Time has tamed the rebels. The methods of the French pioneers which created such a furore when they began to paint are now accepted even by the man in the street, and it was difficult to know what all the storm was about.
2 December 1872
There was a death registered in England in 1870 from every one of the following causes:- The bite of an adder, the bite of a rat, a cat sleeping on the face, swallowing a pin, swallowing a pea, swallowing a cherry stone, putting bead in the ear, haemorrhage from the extraction of a tooth. These were all deaths of children. An old man died from the bite of a dog, and a woman from the prick of a thorn.
Dunfermline Saturday Press
3 December 1859
You rarely see a politician with smooth hair, a great scholar with fine hair, an artist with red hair, a musician with short hair, a fop with coarse hair, a clergyman with long hair, or an editor whose hair is carefully adjusted.