Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties' Advertiser
31 January 1893
Many of our efforts to do honour to Burns' memory are unworthy. Many of these Burns suppers lack the genuine ring of sincerity; many of them are nothing if not feasts to Bacchus. I am not going to preach total abstinence; I will not say that the poet cannot be honoured over the flowing bowl; but I will say that he cannot be honoured when the baser side of our nature is prominently and primarily appealed to. There can be no poetry in such a method of doing honour, and how can honour be done to a poet if we seek not after the poetic. There is a touch of poetry in most natures and on such an occasion it should be brought out; but it cannot be brought out if its opposite is chiefly appealed to.
Fraserburgh Herald and Northern Counties’ Advertiser
31 January 1893
Sir, – Our pavements are better than they were a year ago, but I am of the same mind as a correspondent who wrote to you a month ago. They could, where in a bad and dangerous state, be readily and temporarily mended, pending the completion of the scheme. High Street is doubtless bad, and as one of the busiest streets, the broken pavement and mud holes are simply intolerable. But what are we to say of other streets. Mid Street, for example, what about it? How long are the broken slabs and the mud pits to remain traps for the unwary. It is perfectly ridiculous that with such a staff of inspectors and hangers on as we have that such things are not attended to. – Yours, Wet Feet.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
1 February 1854
New improvements in photography
Few arts have advanced so rapidly as that of Photography. Within a very brief period of time several very important improvements have been introduced, which are extending the influence and rendering of more general value this remarkable art. The 'Atheneum', in a recent number, directs attention to the latest application of the photograph, the results of which are characterised as almost 'miraculous'. The application has been made by Mr Mayall, in conjunction with the directors of the polytechnic, and consists of throwing on a large screen, as in the case of the ordinary dissolving views, images of scenes, persons, statues, etc, with a perfection which is really amazing. Some rooms in the palace of the Louvre, views of Versailles, the interior of an artist's studio, statuary, buildings, foliage, have all been experimented upon, and the forms, lines, and, to a certian extent, hues, came out as in nature. One of the views – a grotto at Versailles, with marble figures, and overhanging shrubs – is said to have been perfectly lovely. Considering how much superior the photographic picture is to that painted by human hand, this new development of the art must be esteemed by all who take an interest in such matters, as of considerable importance.
3 February 1873
The festivities in connection with the Christmas and New Year's holidays, were brought to a close on Wednesday night by the celebration of what is commonly known here as 'Uphelliah' night. Some of the young people continued dragging a tar barrel through the streets up till an early hour on Thursday morning, but altogether the proceedings passed off quietly in comparison with former years. We are happy to say that this custom of tar barrelling is fast sinking into oblivion, and we hope it will soon be numbered with the things of the past.
Fife Free Press and Kirkcaldy Guardian
3 February 1872
Happening to be in the village of Chapel on Tuesday last, we had the pleasure of paying a visit to an old lady named Mrs Walker, who, if spared to live till the month of June, will have reached the long age of 100 years. She has not been able to leave her bed for any length of time for several years now, but, notwithstanding, she appears to be very contented with her lot. She is still able to take her food herself, and appears to have all her faculties. She has a very retentive memory, and can talk of circumstances which have taken place when she was but a young woman, and when doing so does it with great clearness.
She has a daughter who is constantly in attendance upon her, and she, although she has reached the ripe age of 76 years, goes about her household duties in a manner which would make many a young woman blush. It is amusing to hear the mother, when she requires the assistance of the daughter, addressing her as lassie
. Verily, the village of Chapel must be a healthy spot, for there are to be found located therein a great number of persons who have reached what we in the town call a good old age, who are still hale and hearty, and are able to do a little work for their support.
Dunfermline Saturday Press
4 February 1860
Our streets have been abundantly supplied with material for snow-balling for some days past, and during the earlier part of the week the opportunity was largely taken advantage of. Edinburgh, it will be seen, had rather a serious day of it on Monday, and about the same period the city of Dunfermline had some skirmishes, which can hardly be allowed to pass on without a word of reprehension. We refer more particularly to a squabble that arose between two parties of workmen. Several young men attacked a number of factory girls, and treated them so roughly, that another party of men deemed it their duty to interfere in behalf of their otherwise unprotected sister-women. This led to a skirmish, the result of which was the apprehension and fining of one of the men, in consequence of hard blows sustained by one of his opponents. Snow-balling is said to be harmless enough when judiciously indulged in, and it is perhaps oftener made the medium of an interchange of friendly sentiment than the opposite; but we must confess that the way in which some of our young men have chosen to apply it to the girls, seems a rather ungallantly overdrawn picture of the Scotch way of courting.
St Andrews Citizen
4 February 1893
How to tell a thief
'I always remember a man by his eyes,' said Detective Sliman, an experienced officer. 'If I get a square look at a man's eyes I would recognise him if I met him in Inverness. The eyes never change; the face is always changing. A man without strongly marked features can deceive the shrewdest detectives if the latter have not made a study of his eyes. There are men whose faces are completely altered by shaving off a moustache. Even a week's growth of beard and a change of clothing will completely disguise some men. There are men who look like gentlemen when clean shaven, and like tramps with a three-days' stubble on their faces. A change from a stiff to a soft hat completely alters some, but if you have noted their eyes you cannot mistake them. Every trade and profession stamps its imprint upon the eyes. If you will notice closely you will see that the eyes of the merchant differ from those of the skilled mechanic. Next to the eyes, I note the walk of men. No two get over the ground exactly alike. A crook cannot walk like an honest man. I can almost tell a thief by listening to his footsteps on the pavement.'