23 October 1850
Liquor laughs at licenses
As the Magistrates resolved not to allow any whisky tents on the North Inch during the Races this year, the public-house-keepers were greatly irritated by the exclusion, particularly as, by orders of the Earl of Kinnoull, Balhousie lands, the only place of suitable access adjoining the race-ground, were also denied them for that purpose. In this dilemma, it occurred to them to try the Tay as a more liberal patron; and accordingly they attached two flat-bottomed boats together, covered them with canvas, and early on Wednesday morning the floating whisky tent was moored along the side of the river, a little below the Race-stand, and about two or three feet from the shore, with which communication was maintained by a gangway. A flag surmounting each end of the tent served at once to attract notice and to challenge opposition, which, however, the civic authorities did not attempt to enforce. Having a monopoly of the trade, the floating whisky tent was the great object of attraction, and to judge from the numbers constantly passing or repassing, the scheme must have proved as profitable as it was ingenious. Would not the object of the authorities, which was in itself a highly laudable once, have been sufficiently attained by prohibiting the sale of liquors, or keeping open the spirit booths, after a certain hour; giving the country people an opportunity for refreshment; but not for excess; as it was chiefly during the evenings of the Races that those disorderly scenes occurred which the civic authorities very properly wished to check.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
23 October 1860
There is at present a native of Dunfermline, a clerk in a warehouse there, aged eighteen-and-a-half years, measuring six feet ten inches high, and still growing. Should his growth continue for another two years at its present ratio, he will be seven feet four before he reaches his majority, a thing not improbable, as he is in vigorous health, and takes a good breadth with his length.
25 October 1862
Thursday being Glasgow half-yearly sacramental fast, we were, as usual, favoured with a visit from our city cousins. The arrivals by rail were 1,100, the omnibuses were well patronised, while the number of extra conveyances in the shape of cabs, gigs, and other vehicles, arriving at and passing through the town, was larger than usual. Unfortunately the weather was anything but pleasant for travelling. During the morning heavy showers fell occasionally and though towards the afternoon matters began to mend a little, the day throughout was cold and gloomy.
25 October 1862
Fourteen millions of eggs, valued at £39,000, were exported last year from the Orkney Islands.
25 October 1862
No getting away from it
You can't escape trouble, whatever line of life you choose; and however much you may have yourself, you'll find somebody worse off. The farmer who has had his potatoes ruined by potato bugs, whose sheep die, and whose turkeys get lost in the woods, whose fruit trees are blighted, and whose family have chills, envies the minister, who, as he says, has nothing to do but write his sermons; while that reverend gentleman, his salary unpaid and his deacons in a temper, the wood out, and the flour not increased by any miracle, wishes his parents had brought him up as a farmer. The lawyer, waiting for clients, wishes he were a doctor; while the doctor called out five times a night to travel through the rain to see people who will never pay his bills, wishes he were a lawyer. The milliner, who sews all day and is sick of the sight of feathers and flowers, wishes to change places with the music teacher. The music teacher, sick of stupid pupils, with their want of time and tune, wishes she were a milliner and could make bows all day in peace. The bachelor wishes he were married, when he comes home to his solitary rooms and sighs for a woman's voice to cheer his solitude. The married man, enduring a curtain lecture of great length, wishes he were a bachelor. The spinster, sitting sadly over her cup of tea, thinks what a happy creature a wife must be. The wife, sitting up for her husband until the 'wee sma' hours,’ and wondering whether he is at a champagne party, could correct the spinster's opinions on that subject. In fact, we all have to take our troubles, like pills when we are sick, whether we will or not, and our own are not worse than other people's.
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
27 October 1855
In our obituary column last week we noticed the death of Archibald Ravie, for many years a servant to the Boydstone family. We have since learned that he was of Spanish origin, being the descendant of one of those sailors shipwrecked at Portencross when the Armada was lost, several of whom settled in the parish of West Kilbride.
29 October 1856
The road v. The rail
Immense numbers of sheep continue to be forwarded by railway to the Southern markets from the grazing districts in the North. The number of sheep forwarded to England, or 'trucked', as it is called, at Greenloaning and Dunblane Stations last week, amounted to the extraordinary number of 40,000. The system of forwarding such numbers of sheep by railway is knocking up the tolls and customs revenues, and diminishing to a very great extent the traffic on the roads. One cannot help sympathising with the toll-keepers, many of whom pay very high rents, and the returns from the passage of sheep and cattle formed a most important item in their revenues. Some gentlemen, including Mr Murray of Polmaise, for example, have succeeded in doing away with some tolls altogether, and sooner or later the whole system of tolls in Scotland must either be done away with or greatly amended.