19 April 1851
On Friday, a melancholy circumstance occurred in Trongate, Glasgow, which resulted in the death of an unfortunate individual, named John Inglis, pattern-book maker. The poor man, who was only about 26 years of age, had been addicted to occasional fits of intemperance, and, while in a state of delirium tremens, jumped from the window of his mother's house, a height of three storeys, and falling on the pavement, received a fracture in the skull, which in a very short time deprived him of life. When taken up his only covering was his night shirt. He had risen out of his bed for some temporary purpose but instead of returning to it, his mother observed him making a dash to the window, and in the act of leaping over it. She seized him by the ancles, and for some moments held him fast, while the body hung down towards the street; but her frenzied son having grasped the upper part of the window of the lower lodging, thus forced his body out of his mother's hands, and was instantly dashed on the pavement before the poor woman’s eyes.
19 April 1817
Sale of a Wife, London
On Friday last, about 11 o'clock in the morning, a most disgraceful scene was exhibited at Smithfield market, near the Bars. A sailor brought his wife, a good looking woman, about 23 years of age, in the customary form, with a halter round her neck, and exposed her for public sale in the presence of several thousand spectators. The man who acted as auctioneer, with great sang froid enumerated her various good qualities, that she was a buxom, healthy dame, a frugal notable housewife, but that the owner having no further occasion for her, wished to dispose of her to the best bidder. The first sum offered was sixpence, next ninepence, and so on progressively, until she was at length knocked down (according to the auctioneering phrase) for the sum of four shillings and sixpence, to a stout, good-looking young man.
All the parties appeared perfectly satisfied, and withdrew to an inn to wet the bargain, and pay down and receive the price. A great mob followed, and several panes of glass were broke in the windows of some of the neighbouring houses. At length a party of police officers arrived, who carried off the buyer, the seller, and the wife, and lodged them in the Compter, in order to bring them before a Magistrate.
21 April 1873
Grumbling at Newspapers
Grumbling is one of the delights of humanity, and it doubtless serves a sort of purpose. But, to us, the most unsatisfactory grumblers are those who constantly complain of the newspaper press. Every editor knows what this remark includes; it takes in all the captious, fault-finding, querulous, 'stop-my-paper,' letters denouncing the printing of this or the omission of that. Each portion of this class has his ideal paper, one which will not be realised on this side of the Millennium, and honestly supposes he could be a model editor; whereas he would have to come to sudden grief.
It takes in those uncomfortable people who want, or demand, that all their little paragraphs should go in unaltered, but who are the first to grumble if other people are granted similar favours. Now all these people suppose they know how to conduct their own affairs, and would take it hard if editors should hunt them up in their counting-rooms or studies to dictate to them; and it is to be supposed that editors, like other business men, understand their affairs, and that they do the best in their power as it is certainly for their interest so to do. Therefore on behalf of the press generally, we say do'n grumble; it is a most unprofitable business. – Watch man and Reflector
22 April 1943
Congratulations are extended to Miss Helen Anderson, Brooklyn, Causewayhead, on her appointment as sheriff clerk depute in charge at Falkirk. There are only two other ladies in similar positions in Scotland, the first to be appointed to the post of sheriff clerk depute being Miss Mary Anderson, Dunblane. Junior sheriff clerk at Stirling since 1937, Miss Anderson was educated at Stirling High School and Sterlini Commercial School.