28 May 1850
Extraordinary proceedings in the Glasgow Sheriff-Court
On Monday no fewer than 28,000 persons were summoned by the Glasgow Water Company before the Sheriff Small Debt Court in Glasgow, for non-payment of their water rates. The court-hall was so densely crowded with the defendants, that the Sheriff for want of accommodation in any of the court-halls, was under the necessity of postponing the hearing of the cases until future diets, when they will be taken up in separate lots.
Dunfermline Saturday Press
28 May 1859
The building in this place, known as Geddes' Institution, being found too small for the number of young people attending it, and as it is low-roofed, and otherwise uncomfortable, a new building is to be erected in a more suitable part of the town. The expense of the new edifice is estimated to be about £1,000, and we understand that it will be entirely defrayed by Miss Davidson, a relative of the late Patrick Geddes, Esq, who bequeathed £2,500 for the free education of twelve boys and eight girls.
28 May 1861
Attempted highway robbery of the mail
Early on the morning of Sabbath week, an attempt to rob the mail between Dundee and Perth was made on the Dundee Road, not a long distance from Perth. Shortly after midnight, one of the guards left the Perth Post Office with the mail-cart and bags for Inchture. When he arrived a short distance past Walnut Grove, three men suddenly sprang into the middle of the road, and tried to seize the horse. Fortunately they all missed the reins, and the guard vigorously applying his whip, the horses rushed off at full speed. The assailants gave chase, and one of them kept close to the vehicle for nearly a quarter of a mile, and repeatedly called out to the driver to stop, or he should have his brains blown out. The postman, however, ultimately left his pursuers far behind.
30 May 1889
There has been already a good demand for accommodation for summer visitors, and many of the best houses are now let. There is every prospect of it being a busy season, especially if this warm weather continues, when the advantages of a seaside residence are obvious. The new golf-house is approaching completion, and in a month or so will be ready for occupation. The tennis and bowling greens are in full swing. It is satisfactory to note that the village is entirely free from any infectious disease, and that the water supply is abundant.
1 June 1900
From a chapter on solar eclipses, we learn that, in spite of the number constantly occurring, certain regions of our globe must wait a long time for a total eclipse of the sun to visit them. Scotland, for instance, will not see another until the 22nd century, and London must possess itself in patience for nearly 500 years.
[The next total solar eclipse visible from the UK will be on 23 September 2090.]
Dunfermline Saturday Press
2 June 1860
Perverting the use of drinking fountains
It appears that the other evening, or between that and morning, when the sober lieges were folded in the arms of Morpheus, a party of several youths, who had outwitted Forbes Mackenzie by pocketing a bottle or so of whisky, were to be seen squatting around our new Lassodie Fountain, indulging in their bacchanalian orgies, to the tune of one ladle filled with whisky and the other with water! What next?
3 June 1852
On Monday morning an accident occurred at the Cowlairs station of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, by which the life of a man was placed in imminent jeopardy. The Campsie train from Glasgow was leaving Cowlairs, and the arrival of the eight o’clock train from Edinburgh was momentarily expected, when a painter of the name of Wright, having stepped on the down line in order to allow the Campsie train to pass, was knocked down by one of the buffers of the engine of the Edinburgh train, when he fell flat between the rails, and parallel with them, when the carriages, upwards of twenty in number, passed over him without injuring him in the slightest degree.
Glasgow Evening Post
3 June 1867
The university buildings, Gilmorehill
The strike among the masons engaged at the new university buildings still continues, and that, as yet no amicable solution of the quarrel has been hinted at on either side. About 160 masons turned out, and nearly half of these have obtained situations in Glasgow and elsewhere.
[Glasgow University moved from High Street to Gilmorehill in 1870.]