Dumfries and Galloway Standard
12 June 1844
A fish of the halibut species was on Thursday exhibited in Dundee market, which attracted the attention of hundreds. It measured six feet in length, three feet across the broadest part of the body, and was eight inches in thickness. Its weight was two and a half cwt; and it required five men to haul it into the boat at the deep sea fishing. David Key, Cellardyke, a fisherman of 50 years' standing, declared that in all his experience he had never witnessed such an enormous fish.
13 June 1863
We are glad to chronicle that the 'March of Improvement' has at last reached us in our obscurity, and telegrams from Dailly are now an established reality. We hope the spirited company who have placed this useful agent within our reach, and at so cheap a rate, may be well repaid. Your correspondent had the pleasure of transmitting the first private telegram, and your good town the honour of receiving it.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
14 June 1873
An itinerant vendor of salt and whitings, who plies his vocation in and around Stranraer, was airing his jackass on Sunday evening, when it suddenly turned upon him and attacked him, lacerating his legs, arms, and other parts of his body in a fearful manner. A man who was walking in an adjoining field came to his assistance with a pitchfork and rescued him. A medical man having been sent for, he ordered the application of half-a-dozen leeches to the wounded parts. The man's wife, not knowing how to apply them, had three boiled and three fried, and the old man at once swallowed the lot! The donkey, we believe, has been destroyed by order of the police.
15 June 1850
Superstitions Regarding Friday
In addition to the 'Superstitions regarding Friday' noticed among the varieties in the last number of the Alloa Advertiser, it may not be improper to mention one which prevails in the far north of Scotland. It is considered unlucky to cross the Old Hill on a Friday, because on that day in the autumn of 1513, the men of Caithness marched south to the unfortunate field of Floddon and 'were cut off almost to a man.' The Old Hill is situated in the south of Caithness on the borders of Sutherland, and rises to the height of 1,250 feet. HGCS.
16 June 1900
The time has gone by when a man sought a wife only for her housekeeping qualities, or her pretty face. The 19th-century man has arrived at the conclusion that he needs a companion as much as a housekeeper or a charming picture to contemplate, and the happiest marriages are those in which husbands and wives are true companions. Many women make a great mistake in their marriages by ignoring these facts. They may be very excellent women, careful to look after their husbands' financial interests, good mothers, and honestly fond of their home ties, but they lack sympathy. They do not identify themselves sufficiently with their husbands' likes, dislikes, and tastes, and look upon his hobbies and pursuits as belonging solely to himself, and not worth any bestowal of their attention. As a rule, women marry young enough for their characters to be formed by their husbands, as it is generally seen that in a little while a wife grows like her husband in the salient points of her disposition. If he is inclined to be mean, she becomes gradually more careful in her expenditure; if morose, she becomes silent too; if endowed with an exuberance of animal spirits, hers rise accordingly. If the disposition can be altered so perceptibly as this, cannot the tastes be changed as well, if the will is there? If a woman started her marriage life with this determination, she would be surprised to find how soon the desire to be a real companion to her husband would grow, and when the first ardour of love had settled down into more steady affection a comradeship and friendship would remain, far more lasting than any fleeting flights of fancy.
Bo'ness Journal and Linlithgow Advertiser
16 June 1950
William Brown Henderson, lorry driver, 26 Lumley Street, Grangemouth, pleaded guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court on Monday, to harbouring 1,880 un-Customed cigarettes at his place of employment, and to harbouring 13,200 un-Customed cigarettes in his home. Henderson's agent said that currency difficulties had created a situation where cigarettes had become a sort of international currency in Europe. In Grangemouth the only thing foreign seamen have to offer was cigarettes. The Sheriff imposed a fine of £70, with the alternative of three months' imprisonment.