13 February 1900
The Bonar-Bridge Library Committee have accepted the design sent in by Mr J Pond Macdonald, architect, Inverness, for the library to be erected in the village, which has been presented to the community by Mr Andrew Carnegie. About a week ago Mr Macdonald's design for a hospital at Bonar was accepted. The hospital is also the gift of Mr Carnegie.
14 February 1900
Travelling without a ticket
In Perth Sheriff Court yesterday – Sheriff Sym on the bench – Patrick Gray, labourer, Caledonian Street, Glasgow, and John Robertson, Glebe Street, Glasgow, were charged with having, on the 12th or 13th inst., travelled in a third class railway carriage between Glasgow and Perth without having previously paid their fare, with intent to defraud the railway company. They pleaded guilty. It was stated that when the train stopped at the various stations on the line the accused were underneath the seats. The Sheriff fined each 10s, with 10s of expenses, or 10 days' imprisonment.
14 February 1863
An incident occurred on Monday last to four children, which, but for the prompt steps taken, might have ended more seriously. It appears that the children, who reside in High Street and Mill Street, had been walking in the river bottom, and espied several packages of opium lozenges on a ledge a few feet above the water mark. The lozenges being found in a damp state, and therefore being unmarketable, had been thrown into the river bed by an apothecary's apprentice, and had lodged on a projection of the wall. The finders, unconscious of their danger, sucked the lozenges, and shortly after were seized with giddiness and other symptoms of slight poisoning. One fell flat on his face insensible when entering his mother's house; another was so low that his life was despaired of. Medical assistance was procured, and antidotes administered, and we are happy to state that the young patients have all recovered. The nauseous taste of the lozenges, we believe, kept the children from sucking any quantity of them, and to this may be attributed their speedy recovery.
Alterations at Holyrood
14 February 1850
The portraits of the Scottish kings in the gallery at Holyrood are at present undergoing extensive alterations. Several portraits have already passed through the process of renovation, and have been replaced on the walls of the gallery. The contrast between these pictures and those not yet removed is very great. The thick coating of dust has been removed, the breaches in the canvas have been neatly repaired, and the colours have been brought out in all their original brightness.
A generous action
14 February 1900
A sum of over £10 has been collected and handed over to Mr James Aitken, a porter at the station, who has been laid aside from work for some time with a sore leg.
15 February 1900
Skaters and curlers have been in their glory all this week, good ice being obtainable at the two ponds. The surface of the skating pond, especially, is occupied to a late hour every night.
The Forth Bridge
16 February 1887
In their 15th quarterly report, on the works in progress for the construction of the bridge over the Forth, Major-General Hutchinson and Major Marindin say: 'During the last quarter the weather may be considered to have been favourable, inasmuch as no great wind pressures have been recorded. The quality of the work, so far as we can judge from the opportunities afforded by a quarterly examination, continues to be excellent'.
[The bridge was open by the Duke of Rothesay on 4 March 18.]