15 May 1885
The battlefield of Invercharron
Among the Scotch estates which are to be exposed at public auction in London on 9 June, that of Invercharron, in Ross-shire, has historical interest attached to it. The property includes the battlefield of Invercharron. It was here that the Marquis of Montrose fought his last battle. In prosecution of his enterprise for placing Charles II on the throne, Montrose arrived at Orkney, and, crossing the Pentland Firth with about 1,500 men, landed at the northern extremity of Caithness. He was making his way south when, on 27 April 1650, he was surprised and taken at a great disadvantage on the level ground near Invercharron. Montrose made a desperate effort to reach a wooded and craggy hill, but was overtaken and defeated with great slaughter – the spot now being known as 'The Hill of Lamentation'.
When the day was irretrievably lost, the Marquis threw off his cloak, bearing his decorations, and, after changing clothes with a Highland soldier, swam the Kyle of Sutherland, and directed his flight up Strath Oykel. For three days he concealed himself in the wilds of Assynt, where he was ultimately discovered and apprehended, conveyed to Edinburgh, and executed amid circumstances of great dramatic interest.
15 May 1919
Drink and prohibition
Sir, – The divergent views of your various correspondents on the above question prove very interesting reading, but cannot a solution be found without proceeding to the extreme measures advocated by the champoins of prohibition? We are all more or less familiar with that very human story of the Marriage Feast at Cana and of the pathetic plea of the mother, 'Son, they have no wine'. The fact that Christ changed the water into wine in order to give them the means of making merry seems to indicate that the man who lets himself 'go' occasionally commits no offence either against good breeding or the laws of his creator.
Stimulants in some form or another are a necessity not confined to civilisation alone but to be found wherever the human race exists. Should prohibition succeed in doing away with alcoholic liquor, is it not possible that something will take its place the abuse of which may prove more deleterious and degrading? People have been 'throttling' drink since the days of the Flood, and so far the calamity has not been of such a catastrophic nature as some would have us believe. True, drink has its evils. If there was no drink there would be no drunkards. Neither would there be any prohibitionists. If there was no property there would be no thieves, because there would be nothing left to steal. Still, no sane man would recommend the destruction of property on that account.
So far have the prohibitionists carried things in America that in one state at least it was impossible for the priests to procure wine to celebrate the compulsory rites appertaining to their religion. It is the abuse
and not the use
of drink that brings the publican and his business into disrepute. The course pursued by the Liquor Control Board to conquer the evil does not convince the man in the street that things are being worked out for his benefit, the method deployed being if one man stops drinking, charge the other fellow double. Put down the drink but keep up the profits. – Not a Publican but still a Sinner.
19 May 1874
Curious case: apprehension of the wrong person
A somewhat peculiar circumstance took place in Perth Sheriff Court, yesterday. An application for cessio bonorum
, which had been lodged by Peter Adam, son of a farmer near Coupar-Angus, was to come on for hearing before Sheriff Barclay yesterday. The petitioner has a brother, and naturally enough he attended the court for the purpose of learning the result. The brothers are very much alike in personal appearance, and on Peter's brother making his appearance, he was at once taken into custody, although not till after a struggle, and lodged in prison. Shortly after, Peter entered the court, much to the consternation of the officers who had apprehended his brother. The bankrupt was apprehended and lodged in prison, and his brother was of course liberated. The officers feel quite sore on the subject, and proceedings against them are threatened.