Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
19 November 1859
On Saturday last, as a baker from Kilwinning, named Robert Auld, was returning with his bread van through the village of Borestone, his horse, which, it appears had been accustomed to go close along the houses, which are separated from the road by a broken hedge, made off at full speed from the road, galloping along the houses. The baker gave chase in order to catch the reins, but just as he had gained the animal's head, it made for the road again, dashing with great speed through an aperture in the hedge, when the poor fellow got jammed between the cart and the side wall of a privy, the cornerstones of which fell when the horse had got clear. The baker was prostrated at the same time, receiving nearly half a ton of large stones, falling from the top of the wall upon him. As soon as medical aid arrived from Dalry, it was ascertained that the poor man's right arm was broken in two places, also that the collar-bone was fractured, and other injuries received.
19 November 1857
The unemployed in Glasgow
The number of rations of soup and bread supplied yesterday at the night asylum, North Frederick Street, to unemployed handloom weavers and their families, was 1,700. When the supply commenced on Thursday last week, the number of rations given out was 500, and there has since been a daily increase. We understand that it is in contemplation to set apart two large rooms in the House of Industry for the use of the unemployed sewing girls while performing the work which is being provided for them by benevolent ladies and others, and for which work they will receive the full price without any reduction. Part of them, should they choose, may be accommodated with board and lodging at the institution.
22 November 1862
Mr William Muter, carpenter, Overtown, has lately invented a machine for cutting down trees. We have had the opportunity of seeing a model of it on a small scale. It has been designed with a view chiefly to the sawing down of large trees in the American forests; and, if properly managed, might do as much work with six men and a pair of oxen as is usually done by 40 men. The construction is very simple and ingenious.
22 November 1906
What with the Town Council and the poorhouse, Stonehaven is being kept well before the public just now. According to one of the representatives of the Combination Board, the expenditure has gone up tremendously, the only thing showing a decrease being good Scotch oatmeal. Among the rising items is the liquor bill. That might have been accounted for on medical grounds but for the fact that medicine has also been on the boom. The diet apparently is so rich and plentiful, according to the complainer, that the inmates have to be physicked occasionally to bring them to their normal condition. If this is all due to the instructions of the government inspectors, why should the representative rail at the Board of Management instead of expostulating with the Board of Supervision to show them the error of their ways. If poorhouse feeding is such as Mr Greig complains of, things have undergone a change since the days of Dickens and Bumbledom.
24 November 1903
In the burgh police court yesterday, John Shaw, Nelson Street, and John Maclachlan, Church Street, were charged with several acts of malicious mischief. The complaint bore that, at a shop in Lombard Street, they wilfully cut and damaged two pairs of trousers; at 26 Bridge Street they destroyed a pair of football boots, a pair of seamen's boots, and a pair of clogs; at 14 Bridge Street a pair of boots; at a draper's shop in Church Street a lady's jacket; and at a shoemaker's shop in Drummond Street, a pair of clogs and a pair of boots. The boots and other articles were pierced with a knife. The gross damage amounted to a considerable sum. John Shaw pleaded guilty to the charges. Bailie Melven imposed a fine of 10s, with the alternative of three days' imprisonment. The other accused pleaded not guilty, and the charge was withdrawn.