Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
17 June 1865
The delightful evenings are giving ample opportunities of enjoying outdoor games. The members of the bowling and quoiting clubs are going into their favourite pastimes with avidity, while other villagers enjoy the quiet evening walk, others betake themselves to the reading room to ascertain the latest on the 'topics' foreign or domestic.
Aberdeen Evening Express
22 June 1892
It has been arranged that the first examination of children to be sent to the country under the Fresh Air Fortnight Scheme will take place in the middle School on Monday, 4th July, subject, however, to the provision that the local parliamentary elections do not occur on that date. It is expected that about 250 children will be presented for examination by the medical gentlemen who have kindly undertaken this duty as in former years. On the two following days the whole of these children will, it is expected, be sent to the country, the secretary having been unusually fortunate this season in securing a large number of suitable places for their accommodation.
The next, and probably the last despatch, will be made a fortnight later, an arrangement which will considerably lessen the labours of the secretary and the despatch committee. Hitherto the whole of the holiday season was more or less occupied in sending off the children, this being due mainly to the fact that sufficient accommodation could not be found at one time in the country to permit of large parties being despatched. The ladies and gentlemen who take an interest in the scheme and who have undertaken the recommendation of children for the benefit of it should see that the necessary schedules are filled up and returned to the secretary – Mr A I McConnachie, 74 Union Street – no later than the 30th inst., as otherwise they cannot be included in the despatches of the following week.
23 June 1877
A great peculiarity
Pedestrians on the road between Jedburgh and Denholm, by way of Spittal, on Sunday last, might have observed towards evening, coming in the direction of Jedburgh, a machine with three specimens of the genus homo
, one of whom bears the name of a great general, but who is more familiar with the needle than the sword. The general, who seemed to have had something too strong for digestion, reclined gracefully on the breast of his companion, who, although in great need of a similar prop, manfully guarded the unconscious general with one hand, while the other performed the useful service of keeping both parties on the machine.
The driver, who seemed to possess considerable skill in the art of steering, carefully avoided the smallest indentations on the road, evidently conscious of the fact that the slightest disturbance of the equilibrium would place his valuable freight in jeopardy. Halts were called at different points along the route, where endeavours were made to rouse the dreamless general out of his stupor – but without avail. Arriving safely in Jedburgh, he was placed under proper treatment, and soon recovered. The last thing he remembers was his leaving Hawick, and he vows that he'll 'gang nae mair to yon toon'. It would be judicious to leave his 'tile' behind him when he next engages a gig.
22 June 1888
A terror to lovers
Mr Edison's improvements upon the phonograph are developing results which, to use the words of a visitor to his wonderful laboratory, 'when carried to completion, will afford an almost endless field of instruction and amusement'. We are inclined to think, if they approach the description given of them, that direful consequences will rather be the fruit of this inventive genius. One device which he has elaborated is a speaking clock, into the face of which a lovely female countenance in wax is set. The lips of the figure will move at the hour, the head will bow and the wax lady will say: 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, it is bed-time'. This, claims the inventor, 'will be a very convenient time-piece to have about the house where the lover is staying later than a seasonable hour'.
Mr Edison's nefarious designs against lovers does not stop here. He can make a phonograph, he exultingly boasts, 'which is capable of being hidden away in a parlour, and which will record all the conversation carried on there. Imagine the consternation of a loving young couple when all their billing and cooing is reproduced by the mother of the young lady who has placed the phonograph there for that purpose'. Yes, just imagine. There is no end to the complications which such a horrible engine might produce. Fancy the feelings of the faithless Lothario who sneers at the threat of an action for breach of promise when he never as much as wrote one billet-deux, on being confronted with his own voice regarding all these tender but now repudiated protestations!