25 September 1875
The foot and mouth disease which is so prevalent all over the country, has appeared in Rothesay recently; but in a modified form. About a dozen of places have been affected altogether within the bounds of the Burgh; and by carefully keeping all diseased stock from the public roads, it is expected that the distemper will be restricted to the town. The general belief is that the disease is propagated by the importation of fat cattle from Glasgow market as it was in the neighbourhood of the butchers' fields that the disease first appeared. It is thought that another source of the disease is the removal of stock from the slaughter-house where it cannot but exist at present. The only remedy for both these causes seems to be that all fat stock taken from Glasgow market should go direct to the slaughter-house; and that no stock should be removed from thence during the existence of disease. The loss to farmers and dairymen, as well as to the general public, from the spread of this insidious disease, is so much as to render every precaution possible to prevent its increase.
Aberdeen Evening Express
29 September 1879
Clowns’ cricket match at Dundee
On Saturday afternoon a cricket match took place at Baxter Park, Dundee, between Mr Paul's eleven and a team composed of clowns of Mr Watson's equestrian troupe presently giving entertainments in Newsome's Circus. The clowns appeared in their costumes, and created quite a sensation. It was calculated that between 15,000 and 20,000 persons assembled to witness the game. The crowd pressed in on the field and interfered with the play, so that the match had to be stopped when four wickets of Mr Paul's team had been put down for 51 runs.
30 September 1872
Shetlanders in Canada
The Canadian correspondent of the Scotsman, writing from Ottawa, says: – The immigrants from the Shetland Isles, who were brought out by the Riviere du Loup and Fredericton Railway Company, have not proved very serviceable. Many of them were young men who, in their native isles, had led a sort of fisherman life, and were completely innocent of any ideas about railroading. The agreement entered into with the company gave them a dollar and 10 cents a day, and to skilled mechanics a dollar and a quarter. If they remained until the end of one year they were to get 30 acres of land; if two years, 60; and if they continued in the company's service three years, they should receive 100 acres gratis.
Some, however, have already left for the United States, others have hired with farmers, and on the whole the experiment has proved a failure, the company losing about 4,000 dollars by the operation. Although all signed an agreement to remain until their passage money should be refunded by small monthly instalments, the company are not taking any measures to make the deserters return. The seeds of dissatisfaction, however, are traceable to the hands that were employed before the arrivals from Scotland. They were receiving higher wages than their Scottish comrades, which they wanted to keep up, and so endeavoured to persuade the Shetlanders to strike for the same amount. Their persuasion was successful, but their employers refused to accede to their demands until the passage money was refunded. Consequently a number left, but a few steady, industrious, and intelligent men remain, with a good prospect before them of doing well and make a comfortable living for themselves and families.
St Andrews Citizen
1 October 1892
'Tukie' goes north
At the Burgh Court on Thursday – before Provost Ramsay – William Wood was charged with assaulting a young lady by striking her a severe blow on the face on the previous evening.
The Provost – Are you guilty, Wood?
Prisoner – No.
It was then explained to accused that if he pled not guilty, he would require to go to prison for 48 hours before witnesses could be brought.
The Fiscal – Are you guilty, or are you not?
Prisoner – Yes.
Fiscal – What is yes?
Prisoner – Aye. (Laughter.)
The Provost – Are you guilty?
Prisoner – Yes.
The fiscal stated that it was a most unprovoked assault. The young lady was walking down the street, and without noticing Wood in the least, he came over and gave her a severe blow. The Provost remarked that prisoner was in the habit of chasing women when he saw them on the street. Sentence of 30 days' imprisonment was passed.