Dundee Evening Telegraph
26 March 1877
Miraculous escape of a sweep
Peter Welsh, a chimney sweep, while engaged on the roof of a tenement at Barrack Street, Glasgow, on Saturday afternoon, missed his footing and fell to the ground, a depth of three storeys. On being picked up and examined by a doctor, it was found that no bones were broken, and that he had escaped with only a few scratches on the side.
John o'Groat Journal
27 March 1884
A fickle bridegroom
Some months ago a man named McGregor, a native of Ross-shire, came to Edinburgh with the view of getting married, previous to emigrating to Queensland. He obtained all the necessary information regarding the intended voyage, and, having explained matters to his intended wife, she, having full confidence in him, gave all her savings into his keeping. It was arranged that their marriage should take place on Friday evening last, and the bridegroom informed his sweetheart that he had made all the necessary arrangements for the ceremony by having their names put up at the registrar's office. The marriage was to take place at a friend's house in Leith, and during the day McGregor paid a visit to the house in question, and had all the arrangements for the ceremony completed.
He afterwards returned to Edinburgh, and at the appointed time returned in company with several friends. As he was to enter the house where the ceremony was to be performed, however, he remarked to one of his companions that he wished to speak to someone before he entered. His companions accordingly left him, expecting that he would follow them immediately. This he did not do, and the company, including the minister who was to perform the ceremony, became alarmed at his non-appearance. On inquiry being made, it was discovered that the bridegroom had run away, and although diligent search was made by the assembled guests throughout the neighbourhood, no trace of him could be found.
Although the marriage could not therefore take place, the marriage party reassembled and partook of the feast provided, enjoying themselves till an early hour in the morning. The fickle bridegroom, it is said, witnessed the search being made for him from a safe hiding place, and though he is known to be still hiding in Edinburgh, his friends are at a loss to account for his extraordinary conduct.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
28 March 1863
On Wednesday the rag store, belonging to Mr McLaughlin, in River Street, Wallacetown, was burglariously [sic] entered, and a sum of money and a bag of hair carried away. The robber, who it is supposed gained admission to the premises by a false key, having found the cash desk, forced it open, and extracted its money contents – about £7 in copper and silver. We understand the police have succeeded in recovering the bag of hair, and they are in hopes of apprehending the party who has perpetrated the robbery.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
29 March 1862
Two skeletons found
On Saturday afternoon, while a building at 15 Carrick Street, Glasgow, was being taken down, the skeleton of what was supposed to be an infant was found close to the gable above the hatchway leading to the roof. From an examination made by Dr Fleming, it turned out to be part of the skeletons of two human beings and two animals, which it is supposed had been left there by some medical student.
31 March 1897
On Thursday evening an alarming accident occurred in Victoria Road. A pony and trap, belonging to Mrs McKean, Lumloch, was standing at the door of the public hall about nine o'clock awaiting the termination of the children's ball, when in the momentary absence of the driver, the pony bolted in the direction of home. At a great pace it passed beneath the railway bridge and then turned in towards Regent Square. At the junction with Victoria Road the trap came in contact with the kerb, and was upset, being dragged a considerable distance till the shafts broke, when unimpeded the pony made for home as fast as it was able. The accident occasioned some alarm, till it was ascertained no one had been injured.