Dumfries and Galloway Standard
15 August 1855
The tailor, the drover, and the bees
The other Sabbath, a beehive belonging to the blacksmith at Edzell threw off a fine swarm. A new hive was got and put on them in the usual way, but apparently they were not satisfied with their new house, for they all took wing and off to the old woods of Slateford, and got into a hole at the root of a tree – so they were left for the night. But a tailor, who is a great bee-man, started next morning by three o'clock, armed with a box of congreves, determined to smoke them out; but, by the time he got his matches set agoing, the bees began to show fight. So, after a severe battle, the 'Knight of the Thimble' was glad to retreat severely wounded. Same afternoon, a drover who was passing had his attention attracted by a lot of bees flying about said tree. So he went up to them to see what was going on, when, behold, out comes all the swarm and fixes on his back! However, Donald, with great presence of mind, put off the coat, leaving them in possession, and came to the village and got a hive and put them into it. We believe the bees are doing well – the tailor is out of danger, and Donald has got his coat again.
19 August 1869
Yesterday forenoon, this menagerie arrived in Falkirk, and caused great commotion in the town. The signal for the appearance of the collection was the arrival of two elephants which paraded the streets in charge of their keeper. The position it takes up for exhibition is on the vacant piece of ground in front of the Corn Exchange, and from the opening to the close last night the place was crowded with people. The attendance of the general public was pretty large, and much interest seemed to be taken by not a few in viewing the different species of the animal creation. The collection is, indeed, a very good one – a number of valuable animals having been added to the stock since Mr Fairgrieve last visited this quarter. Prominent in the exhibition is a smart young gentleman who is named Prince Bouta Workey, son of the late Abyssinian monarch, who fell a victim to the British army in the late affray which our readers are so well acquainted with. The chief feature, and which shared a considerable amount of attention, was the instrumental band. The music discoursed during the evening was listened to and appreciated by the large crowd to the full. Today there is to be a promenade under the patronage of Provost Russel and the Town Council, and Captain Nimmo and the Volunteers.
20 August 1831
Notice to Mariners
The commissioners of the Northern lighthouses hereby give notice, that a lighthouse has been erected upon Dunnethead, in the county of Caithness, the light of which will be exhibited on Saturday the 1st day of October 1831, and will thereafter continue to be lighted every night, from the going away of daylight in the evening, till the return of daylight in the morning.
20 August 1880
The Meigle Museum
Sir – Having had occasion to be in the village of Meigle lately, I was amused to hear that there was still the idea of a grave stone museum, about to be started in what was formerly the old parish school. It seems the same thing was tried some years ago, but did not succeed, there being a strong feeling among the villagers at the time that they should have it for a public hall when it was sold by the then School Board. In this, however, they were opposed by the present owner and principal proprietor in the place, Sir George Kinloch, Bart, of Kinloch, who now proposes again to turn it into a museum, certainly a more useless adjunct in a small country village than what a public hall would be. If Sir George were to look at it in this light, be might at once see that it would be far more preferable as a hall for the convenience of the inhabitants than a museum could ever be, and no doubt the natives would consider it one of the greatest gifts he could give them. Hoping that my remarks may in a short time lead to this result, – I am, &c., A Visitor.