St Andrews Citizen
10 September 1892
How people walk
The ladies of Edinburgh have long been famed for their graceful motion, but we do not remember having seen a criticism of the typical native male inhabitant of that city. He projects the knee a little in advance of the body, plants his foot cautiously on the ground as if it were ice of one day's growth, and having ascertained that it is quite safe, draws his body forward to that point, and goes through the same operation with the other foot. Thus he does not walk, he toddles. One shoulder is almost invariably a little higher than the other, a result of the constant use of the pen for several generations.
The Edinburgher is distinguished in this respect from the 'Glaswegian', who, along with the Manchester man, adopts a brisk but stiff, monotonous, and ungraceful tram-horse style of locomotion, as if always in haste, life being too brief to compass all the plans he has in his head. The Cockney saunters listlessly along, as if life was a weariness to him, and he is always on the look-out for something to ease him of his ennui.
Glasgow Evening Citizen
10 September 1866
Fall of a scaffold in Edinburgh
On Saturday morning, a serious incident occurred at the new premises in course of erection by Mr Samuel Hunter, builder, at Mr Simson's brewery, at the South Back of the Canongate, through the falling of the scaffold used by the workmen. The wall of one of the houses has been built to a height of about 30 feet, and the scaffold was supported upon beams inserted into the wall and resting at the outer end posts carried up from the ground. About 7 o'clock, while a number of the masons and labourers were busy at work, the scaffolding suddenly gave way and the whole party were precipitated to the ground along with the lime tubs and a large quantity of stones which they had been using.
Seven of the men sustained injuries more or less serious; but three of the men were able, with assistance, to proceed home. Four who were more severely hurt were taken to the Royal Infirmary, where they were promptly attended to. It is said that the accident occurred through too great an amount of stones having been taken up to the scaffold; and we understand that the overseer at the work had warned the men against such a practice a short time previously.
11 September 1860
A horse for 10 shillings
Last week Mr J H Baikie sold to Mr Henderson, Fraserburgh, an entire horse for 10s, and on Saturday shipped it for Aberdeenshire. We must say, however, to save the credit of the Orkney quadrupeds, that the animal had a defect in one knee, and was commonly called 'the horse with the wooden leg.'
13 September 1862
Gas lamps required
This is now the season to make another effort to arrange with the gas company to get the streets lighted with gas. The winter is coming on. Passengers going to and from our railway will have to traverse through a good part of the town, a portion of the way being densely populated and close. So night and morning they will have to grope their way, instead of walking it. A general meeting of the inhabitants should be held to consider this very important matter, and send a deputation to meet and confer with the gas directors, with a view to make arrangements for this very desirable object. A penny or twopence the thousand feet of advance on the general consumers would light up the town handsomely. If more was required, let it be put on, and let the company take the management of the lamps into their own hands.
14 September 1885
Arbroath v. Bon-Accord (Aberdeen) – Extraordinary farce
This match – the first cup tie – was played at Arbroath on Saturday, when, despite the rain, there was a good turn-out of spectators. The match was one of the drollest ever seen here or anywhere else, and baffles description. It was truly the 'Massacre of the Innocents,' for a more helpless set of innocents never before met the crack club of Forfarshire. Though unable to describe the match, we can give the result, which we hope no on will doubt. Two forty-fives were played. The first result was – Arbroath, 15; Bon-Accord, 0. The second was – Arbroath, 21; Bon-Accord, 0. Grand total – Arbroath, 36; Bon-Accord, 0. Milne, the active goalkeeper of Arbroath neither touched the ball with hand or foot during the match, but remained under the friendly shelter of an umbrella the whole time.
[For over 100 years, this remained the largest margin of victory in professional football.]