Dumfries and Galloway Standard
24 October 1855
A paragraph for the curious
A short time ago, Mr Calvert, Dalton Village, sold a few herrings to Mrs McLean, Murraythwaite Mill, and that lady, on eating a part of one of them, after being duly roasted, was astonished to find a splendid gold ring in the inside of the fish. She now wears it – ready to deliver it up, however, should its original owner appear to claim it, but of that it is thought there is no likelihood.
22 October 1897
Food, work and sleep
What a great mistake some people make when they contend that time taken from toil for sleep and recreation is time lost! There is no greater fallacy, for sleep and recreation form, as it were, the cement put in to fill up the joints in order to keep out the weather and preserve the edifice. A man does not necessarily require riches, honours, or office – although the majority of us naturally have an ambition to attain one of these desiderata – but he does need food, work and sleep. It follows therefore that he should use every means to promote life, and among these there are three things to be kept in mind. When a man denies himself sleep, food and the exercise work gives both to brain and body, he is robbing his life of its full term. Let him be cheerful also, for the body is like an engine – it will run well and long if it is well oiled. Contentment and cheerfulness are the oil which keeps the nerves from wearing out.
24 October 1903
A lost pair of boots
A good story is told of a misfortune that befell a local angler this week close to Lerwick. He had started out to 'fish' a burn, and after some time spent in endeavouring from the bank to secure a 'bite', he donned his waders and went into the burn, leaving his boots standing close to the burn side. He wandered on through the burn, and had gone out of sight from the place he had left his boots, when a young man passing that way came on the boots, and imagining that they had been lost by someone, he lifted them and carried them to town and handed them over to the police. The owner of the boots returned to the spot later, only to find that the boots had disappeared. After a fruitless search he had to set off for Lerwick, a distance of over three miles, and his progress is said to have resembled that of the pilgrim of old who travelled to the shrine with peas in his shoes. The boots have now been restored to their rightful owner, and it is said that he will think twice before he again risks a three-mile tramp barefooted.
25 October 1844
Large spot on the Sun's face
A large and beautiful dark spot, accompanied with all the usual phenomena, is now visible upon the eastern side of the solar disc. At present it may be seen with telescopes of moderate power, provided with dark glasses; but with instruments of a high magnifying power, the view will be delightful.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
28 October 1905
An amusing incident happened at the merchants' meeting in Coatbridge on Wednesday evening. It seems that ex-Bailie Reid had mistaken the place of meeting and strolled into the Conservative Club Rooms, where a former meeting had been held. Here he was welcomed by certain parties present with an effusive greeting, but it turned out that it was some kind of prayer meeting. This the Bailie explained to the merchants was 'not in his line,' and he therefore made for the Back Temperance Hall. Here his fellow-merchants had been waiting for him, and chaffed him with being so late, and on hearing his explanation much merriment prevailed. Then a former Coatbridge merchant rose and said that he, too, had apparently made a mistake. That, it seemed, was a merchants' meeting, whereas he had come in to what he thought was the first ward meeting. This renewed the mirth of the company, for the municipal function did not come off till the following night, and the gentleman in quest of a heckling entertainment promptly left the meeting.