24 June 1863
Theft of collars by earnest songsters
A few weeks ago there was stolen from a bleaching green in a garden, belonging to a gentleman in Rutherglen, three linen neck collars; and as they had been selected by the thief from amidst a great number of much more valuable articles of clothing, the theft was at the time thought somewhat odd. No information was given to the police; but private inquiries were made, without the least success, however, till Monday last, when the lost property was discovered; the petty larcenists escaped, and we believe are still at large.
In the garden hedge, a few yards from the bleaching green, two blackbirds had built their nest, reared their young, and as the feathered household was well known to the owners of the stolen property, visits were occasionally paid to it to see how the little family were getting on. On Monday last it was discovered that the nest was untenanted, but, strange enough, in it were found two of the missing collars, and the third formed the foundation on which the nest was built. The roguish blackbirds, with a quick eye to architectural economy, had picked up the collars from the bleaching green, and with ingenious dexterity had saved both time and material by using them in the construction of their little dwelling.
26 June 1896
Driving a horse without reins
Before Sheriff Robertson at Forfar on Thursday, Andrew Ballantine, carter, Kirriemuir, was charged with a contravention of the Roads and Bridges Act by having driven a horse without reins. He pleaded guilty. Mr R F Myles, who prosecuted, stated that accused was driving a wood cart, but had no reins attached to the bridle of the horse, although he himself was seated in the cart. He had a piece of string attached to one side, and had therefore no control over the horse. He was warned for a similar offence six days previous to the occasion libelled. Accused stated that he had been away all week and had no opportunity of getting reins. The sheriff said that in these days, when there were swarms of cyclists on the roads, something had to be done for their protection, as well as that of other people. How could a driver seated on his cart avoid a cyclist if he had no reins attached to the horse? The sentence would be 10s, with a guinea of modified expenses, or seven days' imprisonment.
27 June 1863
The old coins
The old coins which were found in the house in Fore Street, Kilmarnock, when being pulled down last week, were ordered to be called in. When the demand was made upon those who were believed to have them, they virtually refused. On Wednesday, the procurator fiscal issued letters to each of the parties, stating that they were to deliver them up at the fiscal's office between the hours of one and three o'clock, otherwise, legal proceedings would be instituted against them. This had the effect of bringing a quantity of the coins out of their hiding places, though various shifts were resorted to to get quit of the obligation. Mr Gross did not promise value for the old money, but he promised to grant receipts for the same.
30 June 1888
On Thursday afternoon the SS Princess Alice, one of Messrs Langlands' line of steamers, arrived here from Liverpool, with a party of excursionists, numbering about 40. When the party was landed all the shops were closed, and the streets were almost entirely deserted, while the strong east wind was whirling clouds of dust in all directions. It is possible that under such circumstances the excursionists would form a rather peculiar opinion of Lerwick and its inhabitants. After visiting the places of interest about Lerwick, the party returned on board, and the Princess Alice sailed again in the evening. Besides the excusionists, she had a small quantity of cargo, which was landed at Freefield.
30 June 1877
Sudden death in a church
An unusual occurrence took place in the Chapelhill Free Gaelic Church last Sabbath afternoon. When the opening psalm for the second service was being sung, an elderly gentleman walked smartly into the church, and went forward and took a seat beside the choir. When the officiating minister was offering up his introductory prayer for the service, the venerable stranger was observed to helplessly lean forward on the book-board, and this attracted the attention of several members. The gentleman was attended to, but life was found to be extinct, and the body was carried out when the devotions were ended. No person being in the church to claim the body, it was taken charge of by the police, and conveyed to the office.
On the Bible of the deceased was found the name and address: William MacLehose, 95 St George's Road, Glasgow. Just as the superintendent of police was preparing to telegraph to the friends of the deceased at the given address, his relatives here turned up. It appears that the old gentleman was 86 years of age, had come down for the season with some younger relations the former day, and was residing with Mrs Letters at Ballochoy Terrace. Deceased's friends were at the West Free Church in the afternoon, but the old gentleman expressed a desire to hear the Rev William Ross, and accordingly he ascended the Chapelhill. Dr Hunter examined the body, and his opinion is that death resulted from apoplexy. The body was removed for Glasgow early on Monday morning.