Aberdeen Press and Journal
20 May 1901
Jewellery in a whiting's stomach
In the stomach of a small whiting landed at Granton from one of the General Steam Fishing Company's trawlers was found a gilt necklet, about 15 inches long. The fish was caught in the trawl 52 miles east-north-east of the May Island.
21 May 1861
Sheep influenced by the moon
There is no doubt that the fundamental cause of braxy is the rich, dry, and blood-forming food; but there are many accidental causes which prove exciting, or determines the attack. The most strange and interesting is the influence of the full-moon. Many of the old writers alluded to this as affecting animals to no small extent; but we do not pretend that any extraordinary influence difficult of explanation should be attributed to the moon. Its operation is simple. The shepherd well knows that with a full moon he always has a lot of trouble with his sheep. They rove about and stray, and they do not, as on dark nights, lie down, rest, ruminate, and digest the food they have collected during the day. The reverse happens; for, with greed peculiar to it, the sheep gorges itself to repletion, and when morning arrives, is found struck down by the most fatal braxy. We have very carefully considered this cause, and have compared shepherd's books, especially on low lands, where full feeding on turnips, etc, is the cause of the disease, and we have found most deaths at the period of the full moon.
25 May 1881
Wanton destruction of the Esplanade trees
In the Police Court yesterday – before Bailie Anderson – William Falconer, tailor, Overgate, a middle-aged man, was brought up charged with maliciously breaking or tearing down several branches from 10 trees at the Esplanade on Monday afternoon. He pled not guilty. It appeared that the accused was observed by several parties amongst the trees at the Esplanade about four o'clock on Monday afternoon, deliberately breaking the branches and tearing the bark off the trees. He was challenged by the onlookers, but he persisted in his conduct, and accordingly a policeman was sent for to apprehend him. When the officer asked his reason for breaking the trees, he replied that he was 'looking to see if they were black at the heart'. The accused was under the influence of drink when apprehended. The Bailie characterised the offence as a piece of very wanton and malicious mischief, and sentenced Falconer to pay a fine of 30s, with the option of 20 days in prison.
26 May 1888
The new racecourse
The first race meeting over the new course in Hamilton Park is to be held on 12th and 13th July, and £2,975 will be given in added money, the principal stake being a handicap of £1,000. The Duke of Hamilton will entertain the Duke of Portland and a large party at Hamilton Palace during the meeting, and 'Mr Manton' has promised her patronage.
[The Dowager-Duchess of Montrose had a racing nom de querre of 'Mr Manton' which she discarded after marriage.]
26 January 1910
Falkirk Grand Theatre: 'His Majesty's Guests'
A farce with lots of laughter in it is 'His Majesty's Guests', which is being produced at the Grand Theatre this week by Mr Fred Karno's Company. Practically all the laughter revolves around 'Police-Sergeant Lightning', who employs what brains he has in solving a burglary mystery which contains an abundance of 'clues'. However, neither he nor any other of the 20 characters in the piece is to be taken seriously. The whole piece is farce of the broadest kind, a remark which applies, by the way, to some of the Sergeant's humorous dicta; and on the whole 'His Majesty's Guests', with its jokes, its whole-hearted surrender to fun-making, and its numerous comic scenes, is funnier than a great many pantomimes.
Certainly the well-filled house on Monday evening laughed a great deal all through the performance, and the laughter was almost wholly due to Mr George Hestor, whose 'Sergeant Lightning' is surely the last word in the comic 'bobby'. Possessed, apparently, of an absolute genius for farce, Mr Hestor radiates fun with every step and every gesture, let alone every word he utters. In his capacious uniform, or out of it, whether as the sergeant or as the shop-walker in Miffin's Emporium, his antic disposition and words of gest or non-descript wisdom, never fail to create a scene of outrageous hilarity. Decidedly, 'His Majesty's Guests' owes most of its success to Mr Hestor.