12 September 1863
Oyster beds on the Wigtownshire coast
On Wednesday, the 2d current, Captain Leadbeater, in the wherry 'Red Garnet,' of Fleetwood, was on his way to the Bay of Luce to dredge for oysters. When his trim little craft had approached near to the Barrowhead, as it was blowing a stiff breeze and the sea running mountains high, he ran for Wigtown Bay, and when about one and a half miles from Garlieston harbour, bearing south south-east, he commenced to dredge, and fortunately at once came upon an oyster bed, which he reports to extend about two miles, and obtained without much trouble thirteen hundred very large and fine oysters. Afterwards he entered our harbour. On Thursday he obtained seven hundred, on Friday six hundred, and on Saturday eighteen hundred. It is supposed that a very large bed exists, and if only the crust were broken, large quantities of first-rate oysters would be easily got, and the undertaking ultimately become very remunerative if properly prosecuted.
14 September 1854
The telegraph is now in working order between Huntly and Kittybrewster, along the line of the Great North of Scotland Railway, though as yet it is not available for general purposes. Some of the residents along the line and at its northern extremity have queer notions of the nature of that wonderful and useful agent. A very respectable individual, for example, on being told the other day that shortly he would be able to send a message to London, and get an answer back in half an hour or so, exclaimed, in utter astonishment, 'Losh be here, man, nae mortal could sit at that rate!' – the poor man evidently imagining that the messenger went along with the message. Another individual gravely asked a friend the other day, 'How much could the telegraph carry?'
John o'Groat Journal
15 September 1837
Reward of five guineas
Whereas some evil-disposed Person or Persons have been in the practice of BORING through the WINDOW SHUTTERS of several SHOPS in the Town of WICK, and BREAKING the GLASS, A Reward of Five Guineas will be Paid by the Procurator-Fiscal for the Burgh, on Conviction of those guilty of this diabolical deed, and the informer’s name will be concealed, if required.
15 September 1950
Not very tactful
A reader, bubbling over with indignation, has sent us a receipt issued recently by British Railways in Inverness, to a gentleman who had the sorrowful task of escorting home the remains of a near relative who had died on the mainland. The charge from Inverness to Stornoway was £15 5s 5d. The excessive freights charged by the railways on coffins with remains has recently been the subject of much severe and justified criticism. Our reader, however, was concerned with something different – the callous manner in which the railway transacts its business. The receipt, headed 'Inverness Parcels Station,' reads:
No. of articles – One
Description – Corpse
Total – £15 5s 5d
A dead man may be only a corpse to British Railways, but there is no harm remembering that he was father, son or brother to those who pay the bill.
Edinburgh Evening Courant
15 September 1828
The following singular occurrence deserves a paragraph: – An evil-disposed person having, during the night of Thursday or the morning of Friday last, entered that large garden situate in the Nethertown, Dunfermline, belonging to Mr Fergus, for the purpose, it is thought, of supplying himself with some of Mr Fergus's fruit, while descending from a tree, the chain of his watch got entangled with a branch, by which means he was deservedly denuded of that useful article; the owner of the garden finding the watch safely hanging on the branch in the morning. The watch is considered worth £3, and a gold seal appended worth £1.