4 December 1875
Coals for the necessitous poor
The cold weather reminds all classes of the need of comfortable firesides to resist King Frost on his early appearance. Rothesay has been noted for its attention to the more needful class in Winter in this respect, and this year, from their well known efforts at all times to aid the poor, Provost Orkney and his associates in the magistracy, along with the representatives of the various congregations, we have no doubt, will be found promptly doing the needed duty. The poor we have always with us, and early given is well given at such a time.
5 December 1845
Labours of a Free Church minister
We have seen a note of the labours of Dr Macdonald of Ferrintosh during fifty days, part of this and last month. The total number of English and Gaelic sermons preached by him was 65; and he appears to have travelled by land between 800 and 900 miles in various parts of Scotland – preaching one evening after a journey by coach of about 90 miles; on another day three sermons in one place, and two at several miles distance the same evening, and taking care not to neglect his own flock, to whom he preached three sermons on each of four Sundays of the above period. Such an amount of mental and bodily exertion in a minister of his advanced age, who bestows much attention to the preparation of his discourses, is almost incredible. But we believe it does not exhibit a greater extent of ministerial labour than constantly falls to the Doctor's lot, although it only meets but a very small portion of the incessant demands made far and near on his services.
Annandale Observer and Advertiser
5 December 1873
Lost and found
On Saturday evening, while a servant girl was waiting at the Dumfries Railway Station for the departure of the 6.50pm train to Lochmaben, with which she intended to travel to her home, she went into the first-class ladies' waiting room, and for some purpose or other took out her purse, which contained the bulk of her half-year's earnings, amounting to upwards of £5. She had either allowed it to slip out of her hand while putting it into her pocket again, or laid it on the sofa, as after she had reached home and when she was going to bed she discovered that the purse was gone. Next Sunday morning two of her brothers came into Dumfries and lodged information with the Burgh Police, and Constable McEwan and Clenahan, in the course of making inquiries, went to the station on the arrival of the mail train at night and found the purse and its contents lying safe, where it had evidently been left, viz, on the sofa. The purse was a brown leather one, and the sofa being covered with the same material may account for the singular circumstance of the purse being allowed to lie unnoticed for such a length of time and in such a public place. Mr Gillespie, station-master, had the purse sent on early on Tuesday morning to its owner.
6 December 1878
Lochalsh – supposed earthquake
A correspondent writes from Lochalsh: Yesterday, about 5am, a severe shock of earthquake was felt at Balmacarra; a little later it alarmed the people at the Home Farm at Achnadarroch, three miles distant; about the same time it was most violently felt at Duncraig Square; and between seven and eight o'clock am the shock shook the houses and made the windows rattle loudly in the village of Plockton. It is over twenty years since anything of the kind was experienced in this parish. Yesterday people were very much alarmed by the occurrence.
8 December 1846
The speaking instrument
The speaking automaton, whose recent exhibition in London excited so great an interest in the scientific and fashionable circles, has arrived in Edinburgh, and is now being exhibited at the Waterloo Rooms. This ingenious mechanical instrument, which cost the inventor, Professor Faber, the labour of twenty-five years in its construction, is certainly one of the most surprising inventions of recent times, combining, as it does, the nicest degree of calculation with the expenditure of a large amount of skill. The internal mechanism of the figure has been constructed on principles similar to the human throat, with the various organs of speech and on being supplied with the requisite quantity of air, it articulates with wonderful distinctiveness, letters and single words, and combines them into sentences, according to the will of the ingenious inventor who presides at an instrument, somewhat resembling a piano forte, and by means of sixteen keys, produces all those varieties of sounds, which, properly combined, constitute human language.
So completely, indeed, has M. Faber acquired the mastery over this production of his ingenuity that it whispers with most insinuating softness, and skilfully executes the national anthem; while in the examples of its incapabilities it freely ranges over various languages, from the liquid softness of the italian to the harsh, though expressive dialect of Germany. In order to avoid the possibility of deception, visitors are invited to examine this curious piece of mechanism, which has attained the utmost degree of perfection hitherto known, and, which, in addition to its merits, as a piece of ingenuity, exhibits a profound knowledge of the principles of speech.
Dunfermline Saturday Press
10 December 1859
Largo: theft of fowls
Of late, a number of fowls have been missed from a farm in this neighbourhood, and the thief has for a time eluded discovery. On Wednesday morning, however, a fox was seen making his way from the hen-house, with two fat hens in his mouth. A chase ensued, but the sly rogue scampered off with the fowls, and was soon safe in the distance.