5 February 1861
The John o'Groat Journal
The Journal has just completed the twenty-fifth year of its existence, and comes out this week at a reduced price. Henceforth its price is to be 3d unstamped. It was the first newspaper established north of Inverness, and has seen great changes during the quarter of a century which has elapsed since its birth. In a notice to the public which appeared last Thursday the hope is expressed that 'with new life in the editorial and corresponding staff' that liberal support which they have experienced during the last twenty-five years will be still accorded.
Glasgow Evening Post
6 February 1867
Cab drivers cases
A number of cab-drivers were fined in the sum of of 2s 6d each, otherwise go three days to prison, for not standing on the proper stance in George Square, in accordance with the terms of the police regulations.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
7 February 1844
Amongst those who applied for relief at the Strangers' Friend Society on Thursday evening last, there appeared a tidy, good-looking young woman, whose case excited no inconsiderable interest. She gave her name as Jane Wilson, a native of Stonehaven, which place she had left about ten days ago. With considerable reluctance she at last emitted a declaration which, from its romantic character, appeared more like the aberration of a disordered intellect, than the statement of a sound mind.
Her object in visiting this place was to obtain a situation as a sailor in some of the vessels at Leith. For this purpose she had commenced the purchase of male attire, and had in her possession a man’s shirt, a bonnet, and a pair of braces. Before she had made further progress in changing her dress, good sense came to her assistance and altered her resolution. However tempting a sea-faring life may be, she thought that home had still greater attractions, for a woman at least. She was observed at the head of the Canongate on Monday afternoon by a policeman, who noticing something peculiar in her appearance, and afraid she might meet with improper companions, took her to his own house, where she still remains, till an opportunity occurs of sending her home, which the Directors of the Strangers' Friend Society have resolved to do. Her appearance and form are such, that, had she proceeded in her resolution, she might easily have carried it into effect without creating suspicion.
9 February 1884
Scenery of the Clyde seen from an Atlantic liner
Scotch sunshine is bewitching, and the scenery of the Clyde is unequalled by any other approach to Europe. It is Europe abridged and assorted and passed before you in the space of a few hours; the Highlands and lochs and castle-crowned crags on one hand, and the lowlands, with their parks and farms, their manor halls and matchless verdure, on the other. The eye is conservative, and loves a look of permanence and order, of peace and contentment; and these Scotch shores, with their stone houses, compact masonry, clean fields, grazing herds, ivied walls, massive foliage, perfect roads, verdant mountains, &c, fill all the conditions. We pause an hour in front of Greenock, and then, on the crest of the tide, make our way slowly upward.
The landscape closes around us. We can almost hear the cattle ripping off the lush grass in the fields. One feels as if he could eat grass himself. It is a pastoral paradise. We can see the daisies and buttercups; and from above a meadow on the right a part of the song of a sky-lark reaches my ear. Indeed, not a little of the charm and novelty of this part of the voyage was the impression it made as of going afield in an ocean steamer. We had suddenly passed from a wilderness of waters into a verdurous sunlit landscape, where scarcely any water was visible. The Clyde, soon after you leave Greenock, becomes little more than a large deep canal, enclosed between meadow banks, and from the deck of the great steamer only the most charming rural sights and sounds greet you. You are at sea amid verdant parks and fields of clover and grain. You behold farm occupations – sowing, planting, ploughing – as from the middle of the atlantic. Playful heifers and skipping lambs take the place of the leaping dolphins and the basking sword-fish. The ship steers her way amid turnip-fields and broad acres of newly-planted potatoes.
Dundee Evening Telegraph
11 February 1878
Fire panic in a Glasgow theatre: nine persons seriously injured
The residents in the east end of Glasgow were thrown into a state of great excitement by an alarming mishap – fortunately unattended with the loss of life – which occurred on Saturday night at the Globe Theatre, which is situated at the junction of Tobago Street and Stevenson Street. Of late dramatic representations have been withdrawn from the stage in favour of the ordinary music hall entertainment. On Saturday the curtain had just fallen at the close of the performance, a few minutes after ten o'clock, when the cry of 'fire' was raised from the back of the gallery. The audience, who numbered about 500, rushed in a body towards the doors, regardless of the moans of those who were borne down by the rush.
The theatre officials, confident that there was no foundation for the consternation, endeavoured to allay the general agitation, but the commotion which prevailed prevented them from being heard. The more active portion of the audience, largely composed of young lads, reached the stair head first, but such an advantage did not benefit them much, because in their desire to leave the place they actually flung themselves downstairs. Of course, the result of this was that speedily a heap of human beings lay writhing on the landings.
On the excitement having somewhat abated, it was found that nearly the whole audience had gained the open air. A few ventured back, in company with the police officers who had been summoned to the spot. The passages were found strewn with persons, mostly lads, who had left the theatre immediately on the cry being raised, but had been overtaken by the crown which pressed behind them, and trampled down. Of these all were able to proceed home with the assistance of their friends except nine, who were conveyed, nearly all in an insensible condition, to the Eastern Police Office, which is within a few yards of the theatre.
Nairnshire Telegraph and General Advertiser for the Northern Counties
11 February 1857
The cook of a famed inn on the Clyde having frequently been found fault with for serving up a quantity of soot along with the steaks, &c, required for customers, told her master that she could not help it, as the vent required to be swept. A consultation was held last week by the inmates of the inn upon the subject, when it was resolved that, as sweeps are rather scarce in the locality, the landlord should fire his gun up the vent, as an effectual cure for the evil complained of.
Accordingly, all being in readiness, a huge cloak was placed over the landlord’s head, and he took his place in the chimney. Off pops one barrel and ignites the soot; off pops the next and loosens it, and brings it down, a burning mass, upon his devoted head. A shout was heard by the servants, who were standing with a carpet firmly pressed against the jambs to prevent an escape of soot, but who, imagining that they were required to press tighter, did so, and thus prevented their master's escape from his perilous position. At length, however, he forced his way out, in a deplorable condition, being very much burnt about the head and face, and with the loss of a quantity of his hair. A doctor being sent for, he was properly washed and dressed, and may now be seen going about with a napkin tied round his head, to the no small amusement of those who are in the secret.