29 August 1889
Women, ancient and modern
Whatever else civilisation may be doing for mankind, it seems to be improving the shrewish woman off the face of the earth. The female scold in ancient times was so common that she passed into a by-word. Socrates, as everybody knows, had to submit to be lectured by Xantippe; Xenarchus, in all probability, had a wife still worse. Herodias' daughter, who so promptly asked for the 'head of John the Baptist on a charger,' must have been one of those robustly-nerved young women whom nothing could reduce to the level of a swoon. Milton seems to have had but an indifferent time of it with his women-kind, and John Wesley formed a very poor opinion of the sex after his experience of married life.
The old view of women – that they were made for the convenience and pleasure of men – did not by any means 'work' well. The more recent and modern estimation of them is not only far more scientifically just, but it 'works' much better. Since women began to be educated as intelligent beings, the shrew and scold have to a large extent died out from among the cultured classes. Even the mother-in-law has learnt to put away suspicion and jealousy, and to treat her daughter's husband with benevolent consideration.
Among the poor it is to be feared that rancorous tongues still drive husbands to public-houses, and sons and daughters to seek their pleasures away from home. It is evident, therefore, that the better education which modern women receive has had the delightful effect of softening asperities of temper, developing a sweet reasonableness, and making the sex as much more delightful than their grandmothers, as they are more educated and companionable.
29 August 1930
The great majority of the passengers sailing today from Glasgow on the Canadian Pacific liner Minnedosa for Quebec and Montreal consists of returning Canadians and Americans who have been spending their summer vacation in this country. A remarkably large number of American holiday-makers resident in the Middle West are taking advantage of the St Lawrence seaway as the fastest travel route to their homes. Several Scots wives, with their families, are rejoining their husbands, who had recently gone to Canada and have now been fixed up in settled employment. The Minnedosa is commanded by Captain D JC Jones, who succeeds Captain G F McCombie, transferred to the Montelare.
1 September 1876
In the half-year ending the 30th of April, 1876, factory accidents caused the death of 128 persons – namely, 91 men and one woman, 27 young persons (all males except two), and eight male children and one female child. The accidents not fatal were serious enough to require amputation of a limb or part of a limb in 488 instances, but in 403 of these the loss was only of part of the hand; there were also 260 fractures of limbs and bones, 197 instances of injuries to head or face, and 2,193 other injuries sufficient to prevent a return to work within the next 48 hours. The total, including the 128 killed, is 3,266 persons injured – 2,497 males and 769 females. Cleaning machinery in motion is described by a sub-inspector as 'continuing to lead to very numerous and painful mutilations.'
2 September 1859
Honesty is the best policy
On the evening of Monday last, information was given at the Police Office that a pocket book containing a bank deposit receipt for sixty pounds, and six one pound notes, had been either lost or stolen. They were the property of Alexander Smith, Cuttiehill, Longside. Immediately on receiving the information, Superintendent Barnes and Sergeant Lewis proceeded to Mr Davidson's, Queen Street, where Smith was in company with some others. After various inquiries a search was made, but the lost treasure was not to be found. At this juncture, a person called at the shop regarding the book, and stated that a pocket book had been found, and was in the possession of Mr Arthur Ross, Maiden Street. Thither Mr Barnes proceeded in company with Smith, and the book was at once identified. It had been discovered near Chapel Street, by a young woman named Ann F Lawrance, daughter of Mr John Lawrance, carter, and handed over, by her, to Mr Ross, with the view of finding out the owner. The finder, who deserves honourable mention for her honesty and promptitude, was handsomely rewarded with one pound from Mr Smith, and five shillings from Mr Davidson.