Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
29 April 1904
Exciting capture of a 'bookie' in Glasgow
The lot of the constables who set to trap the wily 'bookie' is by no means a happy one. A striking case in point is that in connection with the arrest of a young man named Robert Boyd, who at Maryhill Police Court on Wednesday was sentenced by Judge J H Martin to pay a fine of £10, or undergo 60 days' imprisonment for conducting the business of a bookmaker on the foot pavement opposite 169 Dobbie's Loan on Friday afternoon. Constables James Stewart and John Young were responsible for his capture, which was effected under somewhat trying circumstances. As early as five o'clock in the morning, Constable Stewart took up a position in a hiding place from which he calculated he might later in the day witness the illegal proceedings of the bookmaking fraternity. It was not until nearly eight hours afterwards, however, that his patience was rewarded, as between 12 and one o'clock he observed the accused receiving betting slips and money from several young men.
Another constable (Young) was, by arrangement, in the vicinity, and at a given signal a bolt was made after Boyd. The latter, however, apprehended his danger and raced towards the railway bridge at Pulteney Street. Just as the officer seized hold of him, accused threw the betting lines over the parapet. Assistance having been procured, Boyd was marched off to the police office, during which time Constable Stewart proceeded down the incline on to the railway with the object of securing the incriminating lines, but a large crowd had gathered, and no sooner did he attempt to reach the slips than he was pelted with stones. Subsequently, however, the lines were recovered, and were found to contain the names of horses that were racing that afternoon. In accused's possession were several sporting papers, as well as nearly eight pounds in money.
20 April 1844
Selection of Superintendent of Police for Glasgow
The election for this office, for which our very excellent superintendent, Mr Mackison, was a candidate, took place last week. There were nine candidates on the reduced leet on which the Police Commissioners proceeded to vote. This leet was regularly reduced, the lowest being struck off, until the election lay betwixt Mr Wilson, Superintendent of the Anderston Police, and Mr Mackison. On a vote, Mr Wilson was the successful competitor by a very narrow majority – 22 voting for him, and 20 for Mr Mackison. Two of the commissioners protested against the election, as the board was not legally constituted, and as several persons had voted who were not legally entitled to vote.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
1 May 1858
In the hurry of going to press last week a large number of awkward blunders were perpetrated by the production designer, for which he deserves a free application of the tawse. Thus, Dr Bernard is called a 'prosent', instead of 'proscrit'. The proportion of public houses to families is given in Perth as 24 instead of 27. The number of gallons of British spirits sent to England in 1856 is given as 2,709,721 instead of 2,333,217. 'By these remarks' on the certificate dodge is made 'By these results'. The publicans of Coatbridge are represented as having recourse to 'every available means of oppression' instead of 'opposition', and the Wishaw stationmaster's letter has been so mangled that we have had to re-publish it this week.
2 May 1850
Crail Savings' Bank
It was the witty remark of one of our Stuart kings, that the village-dotted coast of his Kingdom of Fife, resembled a beggar's gown. Our day has realised this in a sense his Majesty could not have dreamed of; for, whatever wealth the interior of the county may contain, it is certain that the natives on the coast have wealth, and know how to keep and increase it. From Elie to Crail each town has now its savings' bank, with a rapidly accumulating deposit at its credit in the National Bank of Scotland's branch at Anstruther.
A public meeting was held in the town hall of Crail, on Wednesday last the 24th ultimo – Bailie Balfour in the chair – when the 'Crail and District Savings' Bank', under the patronage of the council, and with nine directors, was instituted. The attendance was large and respectful, and rules were read and unanimously adopted. At the close of the meeting, the bank was opened for business, and £25 deposited. We understand the bank will be open in the town hall of Crail every Monday evening from 8 to 9 o'clock, and judging from the success which has attended the sister institutions in the neighbouring towns, we doubt not that Crail will soon, physically and morally, experience the benefits which flow from a well-managed savings' bank.