9 October 1862
At a meeting of the Aberlour Rifle Corps, on Saturday night, for the nomination of officers, the corps unanimously chose Lieutenant Slack as their Captain, and Ensign Hurry as Lieutenant. This is a good combination; there is little likelihood of the commanding officer being slack
in his attention to his duties and to the interests of the corps, when he has a personified hurry
constantly at his heels.
John o'Groat Journal
9 October 1862
Grapes grown in Orkney
We have just seen a bunch of grapes, weighing four-and-a-half pounds, with Captain Baikie, being one of several simialr bunches from the vinery at Balfour. These grapes, when growing, were seen and admired by gentlemen who had travelled extensively, and were stated by them to be fully equal, if not superior, to anything of the kind they had seen.
10 October 1899
Excusionists in Inverness
Yesterday over 800 excursionists from Dundee visited Inverness. The weather being favourable, the trippers visited the 'lions' of the town, and a large party had a drive to Culloden Moor. In the afternoon, the Dundee Wanderers and Caledonian football team played a friendly match at Telford Street Park. After a well-contested game, the Caledonian were the victors by two goals to one. A large number of Elgin excursionists were also in the town.
11 October 1870
Another fall to a female wire-dancer
We recently had to record the fall of a female tight-rope dancer in Dundee, and we have now to record a similar accident to another. A party of Japanese acrobats, known as the 'Dragon Troupe,' visited Banff last week. Their display consists of feats of strength and dexterity on the part of the men, but principally in the exhibition of a woman and two little boys in positions of imminent and actual peril. On Thursday night the poor woman fell from the wire to the floor, and was picked up insensible and carried into the ante-room. Luckily, Dr Anderson of the hospital was in the audience, and was in immediate attendance, and was speedily joined by Dr Barclay. They found she had sustained pretty severe injuries on the temple and shoulder, but not so serious as to involve danger. After having her injuries properly attended to, she was removed to the quarters of the troupe in a carriage. The entertainment proceeded after the accident without any modification, except that the little boys were kept a little longer than usual in 'terrific' situations, to make up for the woman not being able a second time to expose herself to danger, as promised in the programme.
11 October 1899
'Nae God in Dunfermline'
A correspondent vouches for the accuracy of the following incident, which was told to her by the nurse to whom it happened. She was night staff nurse in a large Scotch hospital. In her ward was a small boy whose leg had been amputated. When the ward was crowded, and he was convalescent, he was often put in another small boy's bed to make room. 'He was an obstreperous child,' continues our correspondent, 'and used to try and kick his companion with the stump.' Then there were terrible rows. The night nurse was often angry with him, as were the day nurses, and once or twice the visiting accident policeman told him to be good, or he would take him away. One night when the nurse came on duty she found him crying, and on asking him what was wrong, got this reply: 'When I am hame wi' my mither, she says God sees me, and when I am here the "perlice" sees me, and I wish I was wi' my grannie in Dunfermline, for there's nae God or nae "perliceman" in Dunfermline.'
12 October 1898
Bothered by dogs
At a Justice of Peace Court in Glasgow on Monday, Mrs Margaret Bradley or Caskie, who resides in Auchinairn, was charged with having assaulted a neighbour, Mrs Hartley, on 15 September. On being asked to plead, Mrs Caskie thus addressed the Justice – 'Well, your Honour, I'm guilty, but I had very great provocation.' The Assessor – 'What was the provocation?' Mrs Caskie – 'Well, your Honour, Mrs Hartley keeps two dogs, sometimes even three dogs, and sometimes even four dogs (laughter), and one of them annoys my child. It goes into my house, and several times it has tumbled the child, and it jumps on everything, and it's in the habit of putting its nose into everything. (Laughter.) On this day I went into Mrs Hartley's house, and unfortunately I lost my temper and struck her.' Mrs Hartley – 'It's just one pup, your Honour: I never had four dogs in my life. This little pup is a very nice pup (laughter), and it never annoys children.' Mrs Caskie was ordered to pay 7s 6d.