8 May 1869
Fire on Dunmore Moss
Fire was discovered on Friday afternoon last on Latham moss, on the estate of Dunmore, adjacent to the farm of Linkfield, occupied by Mr Robertson. When it was noticed a considerable portion of the moss was blazing, and from the dry state of the heather, the fire took much effect, and spread rapidly. Great commotion was caused in the neighbourhood, and a number of people turned out and rendered assistance in endeavouring to stay the progress of the flames; but notwithstanding their efforts, before nightfall the fire had spread over several acres of the moor. A cool breeze, however, set in later in the night, and had the effect of arresting the fury of the burning element, and ultimately the labourers succeeded in completely subduing the flames. The police have been investigating into the affair, but so far as we know no definite conclusion has been arrived at as to how the fire originated. The damage, we understand, is considerable.
8 May 1889
New signal of distress for vessels at sea
An exhibition of a new marine danger signal, invented by Mr Cundall, a Dover shipowner, was given at Burntisland on Monday night before a large number of interested spectators. Two signals were fired from Lammerlaw Point. They resemble rockets, but with distinctive features, showing a brilliant red flame, followed by the discharge of 10 red fireballs. The signals were well seen at a distance of eight miles.
9 May 1919
Letter to the editor
Sir, – This has been a sad week in our midst, owing to the fatal accidents at the collieries in the district, which must have brought vividly before us the serious risks and dangers encountered by our miners. Might I be allowed, owing to the distressing case of a father and son being killed, to draw the attention of our miners to a custom which used to prevail, but which, unfortunately, has been allowed to lapse, whereby no more than one of the same family was allowed to ride on the cage either ascending or descending. This is not provided for by the Mines Acts: but the custom which used to prevail in all colliery districts is such a reasonable one that I feel sure no colliery management would stand in the way. The remedy lies with the miners themselves, and I would earnestly appeal to them to adopt this old custom immediately, thereby minimising the risks as much as possible. Thanking you in anticipation that you will make this known through your columns.
11 May 1869
Villainous conduct of a revival preacher
Not much more than a week ago a man took up his stand one night at the lifeboat house at Broughty Ferry and commenced 'holding forth' to the audience which soon collected. His discourse was in no way different from that of most of these revival preachers, and he appeared to be – if not an able – at least an earnest preacher. After he had finished he crossed to Tayport, and commenced there, and a poor woman taking pity on him asked him home at the conclusion to get some refreshment. He was served with an excellent tea, and the best room in the house was set apart for his accommodation.
It is said, however, that during the night he rose, perhaps while sleeping, and by some means or other got into another room where the purse was kept, and after abstracting the contents, about a half-a-guinea, disappeared from the village before daylight. Next day a poor woman, without bonnet or shawl, presented herself at Broughty Ferry Pier, where she made inquiries regarding this preacher. She claimed to be his wife, and said that she was following him to give him into the hands of the police for assaulting her on the day before he left Dundee for the Ferry. She threatened, if she got hold of him, to 'put him from preaching' for some time to come, and we heartily commend the good woman's 'sentiment'.