8 January 1896
Mr Quarrier's treat to Glasgow waifs
About two thousand waifs, earning their livelihood by selling newspapers and 'vestas' on the Glasgow streets, were entertained in the Grand National Halls at tea and supper last evening by Mr William Quarrier, of the orphan Home Mission. In an address to the children, Mr Quarrier said that during the year they were trying to get an Act of Parliament to control the children of the streets at appointed stations, and he supposed they knew that they did not succeed. What was the cause of that failure? (A voice, 'The School Board.') That was exactly the cause of the failure.
The School Board of Glasgow, that ought to have been the first public body to welcome such a proposal as was made, were the first to set their face against the wellbeing of the children. In the Town Council, 29 voted in favour of the scheme and 29 against, and it was only by the casting vote of the Lord Provost that the clauses were not sent to Parliament. It had been suggested by a member of the School Board that there were only 250 boys and girls on the streets of Glasgow, but the large number present that evening implied that either the School Board or the children must be telling what was untrue. He asked his audience to say who it was? (Voices – 'The School Board.')
To satisfy himself, Mr Quarrier then asked all the children who are on the streets, either begging, singing, selling matches or newspapers, blacking boots, or following such like occupations, to hold up their hands, when nearly all those present responded. Next he asked those who had gained admittance to the hall although they were not street children to hold up their hands, promising that if they confessed they would not be ejected. In response to this call about three dozen children held up their hands. At the close of the speech a band of children from the Orphan Homes at Bridge of Weir rendered several songs and recitations.
Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette
9 January 1875
A 'Stradivarius' of the great period and perfect preservation, has just been purchased by the eminent violinist Madame Norman Neruda, from Mr David Laurie, Glasgow, for the sum of £500.
9 January 1892
A bad boy
A schoolboy named Thomas Pinkerton, residing with his parents at Linlithgow, was before Sheriff-Substitute Melville on Wednesday charged with having, on 28th ult, stolen a watch, a chain, and a tobacco pipe at the railway station. Accused's father appeared along with him at the bar and stated to the Sheriff that the boy had turned out to be a very bad one, and he wished him sent to an Industrial School. It was agreed to do this.
9 January 1892
A bride takes second thoughts
An illustration of the adage, 'There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip,' has just been afforded at Inverkeithing. A young man, a labourer, had for some months past been courting a domestic servant, and the pair had arranged to get married on New Year's Eve. Due preparations were made for the event. A house was in course of being furnished, the banns were proclaimed in the parish church, and the bride-elect, having resigned her situation, was busily engaged in preparing her 'providing'.
A quarrel, however, occurred between the couple, rumour having it that the bride-elect refused to entertain a proposal by her intended that a sum of money which she had come into possession of should be applied towards completing the furnishings of the house. All efforts to heal the breach seem to have proved unavailing, for on the morning of the day fixed for the celebration of the nuptials the young woman packed up her belongings and took her departure by an early train for a neighbouring county, leaving a note for her erstwhile lover that the engagement was at an end.
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs
9 January 1890
A lawsuit lasting 121 years
A lawsuit, which commenced on 15th Sept, 1768, has just been concluded at Pesth, after lasting 121 years. In the year 1419 Bishop Demendy, of Neutra, in Northern Hungary, died, leaving his immense estates to his family. Owing, however, to the Turkish invasion of Hungary at the time, the Bishop's relatives were unable to take possession of the property. After the invasion it was found that the number of persons who had a right to share in the property was upwards of 1,000. As they were unable to agree as to the division of the estates, an appeal was made to the law. While the expenses of the law and administration have well nigh swallowed up the once vast fortune, the heirs have increased to more than 2,000. Now that the judgement of the Court has been delivered, the Bishop's descendants find that property that should have now been worth probably a quarter of a million has melted down to something over £3,000, out of which they have still to pay a lawyer's bill of £1,000. This will leave the heirs at least a sovereign apiece.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
14 January 1931
One of the most important relics of the past remaining to us, and emerging from a period which goes back to prehistoric times, is folk-lore. If we could understand it fully and aright, we should be able to reconstruct a far more perfect and accurate picture of the life of our very remote ancestors. A great deal has been done in this branch of research to establish the origins and meanings of various venerable legends, superstitions, and customs, as Dr Macleod showed in his talk on the subject yesterday.
The food taboos of the Britons of 2,000 years ago, it may be remarked, are comparatively easily explained, and the mention of them by Caesar is but another tribute to the clear and careful observation of that great soldier. Would that all early historians were as practical and reliable as he! Folk-lore, as we have it collected or in remnants today, teaches us much that is of value, often of more value than the theories of historians; for whereas the opinion of a historian is that of one man remote from his living materials, folk-lore is the collective opinion of all the human beings with whom the historian deals at a distance.