Edinburgh Evening News
10 June 1890
Should county councils provide fire engines?
At the monthly meeting of the Dalkeith Police Commissioners last night, the report of Firemaster Wilkins, Edinburgh, regarding the condition of the Dalkeith fire engine was considered. Dr Thomson said that, as the report practically stated, the present engine was not capable of doing work in the country, and they should get a new one which could throw double the amount of water. Mr Alison considered the engine had always been perfectly efficient in the town, and complained that they had not been told the cost of putting it in proper repair. Mr Urquhart said he would like to get a new engine, but it practically meant a penny per £ on the rates. Bailie Watson considered that the town was not at present in a position to pay for a new engine, and he suggested the repair of the present machine. Provost Gray held that the engine was not even efficient for the burgh. Mr Milne said that now the county councils were in full swing, he thought they should provide engines for the country. It was afterwards decided to continue the subject of a new engine at the next meeting.
10 June 1897
The fishing strike
The strike is still being continued, both parties holding out. Meetings of the fishermen and salesmen, and also of the buyers and salesmen, have proved of no avail. Ice is being got by the salesmen, and the fishermen are consigning all their fish to Glasgow, with satisfactory results.
10 June 1899
The ubiquitous bicycle
Sir - The time was when after your day's work was done you might hie you countrywards with the certainty that, once the city with its ear-splitting noises was left behind, you would be left in blissful solitude with your thoughts, excepting the occasional obtrusion of a pedestrian, who, like yourself perchance, had come into the country that his mind might be refreshed and his nerves soothed after the mental and nervous tension of the day's work in the city. Yes, sir, you might have looked for such an Elysium once upon a time, but now, alas, you would search almost in vain for it. Go whichever road you may, unless, indeed, you go up a mountain, you are sure to be startled out of your reverie by a sudden whish
, as some fiend goes tearing past you on a bicycle.
The bicycle is nothing but a desecration of nature. What artist dare depict three or four hideous contrivances of steel and rubber on a beautiful pastoral landscape? None, I trow. The artistic portion of humanity would cry out as with one voice for the instant annihilation of a being who dare shatter its most cherished conceptions of ideality by such a wanton act of vandalism. Yet the pedestrian who is afflicted with a mind that soars above mere materialism is compelled in silent anguish to behold the fair face of Nature defaced by this anti-artistic contrivance.
If the mania for cycling continues to develop at the rate it has done during the last five years, it requires no great prophetic ability to prognosticate the complete submergence of the pedestrian altogether. Yes, I fear that the poor pedestrian will soon become effete. But why should such things be? Why not make cycling restricted? I sincerely hope that pedestrians will assert themselves ere they are completely overridden by the most diabolical of all modern inventions, the bicycle. – I am, &c, Bicycle Tired.
Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser
13 June 1874
A popular policeman in Lesmahagow
In consequence of a report having reached the inhabitants of Kirkmuirhill and the surrounding district that it was contemplated to remove the resident police constable, Robert McMaster, to another locality, much dissatisfaction and regret was felt. A largely and influentially signed petition is about to be despatched to the chief constable, Captain Mackay, Hamilton, which bears high testimony to the excellent and efficient way in which he (McMaster) has discharged his duties since he came to the district, and urgently requesting that he may be continued there.