24 September 1840
A signal of distress
We were the other day surprised to observe, stuck out at a sky-light in the High Street, a little below the meal vennel, a shoemaker's stool, with a piece of paper pinned to it, and upon which the words 'For Sale,' were written in unmistakeable characters. It was impossible to suppose for a moment that it was the insignia of a broker's receptacle, and it was for a while puzzling to guess at the drift of the announcement. It was, however, afterwards discovered that a glorious 'batch' were inside the garret, and that a fortnight or three weeks' 'cod' had been the means of denuding them of the greater portion of their outward habiliments, insomuch that not one of them was in such a condition as to be able to appear in the street in propria persona
, or able to carry
the stool to 'raise the wind.' How long they remained in the 'horrors' and whether they got a customer for the stool (which is more than likely) we have not ascertained; but three days afterwards a trio of the 'hopefuls' were seen prowling about the streets minus everything in the shape of clothes except – trousers and shirt.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
26 September 1900
Narrow escape of a Nairn clergyman
The other afternoon, while Rev Mr Nicol, United Presbyterian Church, Nairn, was attempting to cross the rails at Nairn Railway Station, he slipped and fell in front of a goods train, consisting of an engine and five waggons, which was drawing up to the platform. Mr Nicol had the presence of mind to lie flat on the ground between the rails, and the train passed over him without doing him any injury beyond tearing a portion of his clothes. The accident caused intense excitement among those who witnessed it, but they were relieved when they found that Mr Nicol had received no injuries.
26 September 1867
With an activity to be commended, the setting up of a thorough sanitary standard is being properly gone about in Leven, and that not too soon. Much has been done, yet very much room for further improvements exists; and while piggeries and middens are being swept away from near dwelling houses, the keeping of even houses in proper order shares attention. By degrees we will reap the benefits of a strict surveillance in sanitary affairs.
28 September 1880
Oban hydropathic company
It will be seen that a Company has been formed for the purpose of establishing a hydropathic sanatorium at Oban. The place is admirably suited for an establishment of that kind, and the sanatorium may always reckon on a large number of residents. The Company, which was only launched last week, is already in high favour, and the shares are being quickly taken up. There is nothing to pay in the way of promotion money, and the land-owner takes £1,000 in shares.
29 September 1870
No small stir was created in the town on Tuesday when it became known that Robert Polpin, an accomplished pedestrian, had undertaken to walk 60 miles in one day. According to announcement, he started from the Town House at six o'clock in the morning, walking in the Brechin Road and then back again. Every time he approached the Town House he was surrounded by large groups of young people, some of whom accompanied him on several of his rounds. He accomplished the whole distance by a few minutes past six in the evening.
Glasgow Evening Citizen
29 September 1884
A use for surplus oratory
The Earl of Wemyss, speaking on Saturday at the bazaar held at Gosford in aid of the endowment of the Cockenzie Established Church, threw out the suggestion that scientific men might endeavour to store up the surplus oratory expended in demonstration and bazaar speeches, and utilise it in the shape of wind for the benefit of such industries as those of the Cockenzie fishermen. A becalmed boat, by letting out half a column of one of Gladstone’s speeches, might thus be enabled to reach the land, and these speeches would thus become beneficial to trade and commerce.
30 September 1854
A disconsolate spirit dealer
A spirit dealer who was on Monday last charged with late selling in Kilmarnock pleaded guilty, and exclaimed: 'Better send me at once to jail, and give me a little to live upon. I will do anything your Honours please. Selling whisky is the lowest thing in the world. Buying it at 11s a gallon, and selling it at 4.5d a gill, one cannot live by it.'