29 January 1870
The Royal Arcade
We observe that the unsightly barricades which have so long obstructed the Hope Street entrance to the Royal Arcade have been removed, and that operations are in progress for causewaying and levelling that portion of the street. The dispute as to the lane communicating with Cowcaddens has also, we are informed, terminated, Mr Morrison, the proprietor of the Arcade buildings and Mr Baylis, the proprietor of the Theatre Royal buildings, having come to an arrangement on the subject. The lane will henceforth be recognised as a private street, and will be put into a proper state of repair, with a level the same as that of Hope Street.
30 January 1879
Destitution in Ayr
Sir – I am convinced that the agency now at work amongst us to relieve destitution does not meet all the necessities of the case. There is much distress to which the existing fund will yield no relief. I have heard of several very painful cases. One is that of a married tradesman, who has had little work since the beginning of last summer. He and his wife economised their little savings as well they could, but their last pound was broken before the New Year to pay the poor rate. To crown all a child has lately died. Some neighbours are trying to do a little in a quiet way to help them. I have heard of other such cases. Might there not be a small committee of ladies or gentlemen formed, to whom funds might be entrusted for the judicious aiding of such cases on information privately supplied. There is no other way of saving many from sore suffering. Yours, A B C.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
1 February 1862
On Monday night, the farmer at Garlieston, Mr Robert Shanks, while taking his usual round before retiring to rest, found three men located in the cart shed. They did not wait on the order to go, but ran off, followed hard by the farmer, who managed to catch one of them, the other two escaping. He was brought to the office, but nothing could be elicited from him, save that his name was Michael Givens, a resident of the Calton, Glasgow, The discovery of the three lodgers may have been a fortunate circumstance for the feathered tribe at the farm.
Aberdeen Evening Express
1 February 1879
Train off the rails at Ferryhill
The passenger train which leaves Aberdeen at five minutes past five o'clock for the south was detained on Thursday afternoon by a rather serious cause. The train had left the station and was proceeding at an increasing rate of speed along the viaduct on which the lines run for some distance, when, all at once, the tender of the engine left the rails, followed by the three next vehicles. The train was immediately brought to a standstill, and the carriages that remained on the lines were uncoupled, attached to another engine, and despatched, with praiseworthy promptitude, at a quarter to six o'clock. The tender and the three carriages were put upon the rails again in the course of the evening. It is difficult to state the cause of the accident, but as it occurred at the crossing near Ferryhill Junction it may possibly be traced to some points being in bad working order.
2 February 1880
A circular outside staircase, forming the only means of access to a tenement in Greenock, containing over 150 persons, fell with a loud noise early on Saturday morning, and the rudely-awakened people got into great excitement when they found themselves prisoners in a building which they anticipated might follow the staircase. The police, with fire-escapes and other means, rescued all without injury.
Paisley and Renfrewshire Gazette
3 February 1900
The death-rate in the eight principal towns of Scotland during the week ending with Saturday 27 January was 23.4 per thousand of estimated population. This rate is 1.3 above that for the corresponding week of last year, and 0.1 above that for the previous week of the present year. The lowest mortality was recorded in Leith, viz, 15.2 per thousand; and the highest in Aberdeen, viz, 27.6 per thousand. In Paisley, the rate was 15.9 per thousand.