Dumfries and Galloway Standard
6 November 1844
The Scott Monument
On Saturday this splendid monument of genius was completed by the placing of its topmost stone on the structure. On its being fairly placed in its position, the workmen greeted it with three hearty cheers, and the Union flag was displayed from it during the remainder of the day. In the course of the afternoon a number of the Committee, and other citizens, went to the top, hoisted up through the main scaffolding by the steam-engine. A bottle of brandy was also drawn up, and the first glass dedicated to this chef d’oeuvre of architecture – 'The Monument of Sir Walter Scott.' The building is now two hundred feet from the level of Princes Street, and about five feet above the spire of St Andrews Church. It has been entirely built by six masons, four of whom have been employed upon it from first to last. The joiner work of the main scaffolding, which has been much admired, was put up under the direction of Mr Lhind, the contractor, by one man. There has not been the slightest accident during the whole progress of the building; and in the course of a few days, a considerable part of the scaffolding will be taken down. There is still much to be done, however, before the monument is completely out of the hands of the builders. In connection with this subject, we may mention that the marble block for the Scott statue was on Saturday brought up from Leith to Mr Maxton's yard.
Northern Times and weekly journal for Sutherland and the North
6 November 1902
Making matters worse
A philanthropic lady visited an asylum not long ago and displayed great interest in the inmates. One old man particularly gained her compassion. "and how long have you been here, my man?" she inquired. "Twelve years," was the answer. "Do they treat you well?" "Yes." "Do they feed you well?" "Yes." After addressing a few more questions to him, the visitor passed on. She noticed a broad and broadening smile on the face of her attendant, and on asking the cause heard with consternation that the old man was none other than the superintendent. She hurried back to make apologies. How successful she was may be gathered from these words: "I am very sorry, sir. I will never be governed by appearances again."
6 November 1860
Mr John Leonard, colporteur, has now completed his tour of South Ronaldshay, Burray, and the parish of Holm, and in all these places he has been exceedingly successful in disposing of his books. This week Mr Leonard goes to the north isles, beginning with either Stronsay or Sanday, and endeavouring as soon as possible to complete the circuit of the islands. We are quite sure that Mr Leonard will be everywhere received with cordiality equal to that he has already experienced, and now that the busy season is about over, and the long evenings are upon us, his literary treasures will be highly valued.
7 November 1889
The poorhouse flogging
When the public of Arbroath read in our columns today the whole evidence in connection with the flogging of sick inmates, which has taken place in the Poorhouse, we believe the general feeling will be that the sub-committee, appointed to make the investigations, have suggested all that can be done in the matter. The evidence presents the case as one of those in which the only wise course is to say as little as possible, and make sure provision that the irregularities presented will not occur again. The Poorhouse Committee have done all they could reasonably do, and we trust we have heard the last of this discreditable and painful occurrence.
7 November 1933
Arrangements for local observance
The end of this week will bring round Remembrance Day once again, when Brechin will join with every other community in the kingdom and empire in a simple but sincere tribute to the memory of the gallant sons who made the supreme sacrifice on our behalf during the Great War.
O valiant Hearts, who to your glory came
Through dust of conflict and through battle-flame;
Tranquil you lie, your knightly virtue proved
Your memory hallowed in the Land you loved.
Saturday will be the 15th anniversary of Armistice Day. The passing of the years does little to assuage the sorrow of those who suffered bereavement, but at this season they feel that the thoughts of all are with them and the dear ones they lost. The two minutes silence at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month which has come to be observed so universally on that occasion, will be recognised here as usual. The public are requested to reverently respect this token of remembrance. From advertisement it will be seen that a short service will be held in the Cathedral, when a collection will be made for the Earl Haig funds. It is recommended that shops, etc, be closed from 10.45 to 11.30 and that the citizens who attend the service will do so in workaday attire, and be in their seats in church five minutes before eleven.
Bo'ness Journal and Linlithgow Advertiser
8 November 1940
Shop closing hours
Shops are to close earlier this winter – by Government order. The Home Office announces that from November 17 to March 2 the normal closing hours for shops will be 6pm. Many local firms are already closing their premises at 6 o'clock, thus giving effect to the Government's wishes. Shop assistants – a body of workers whose hours have always been longest – will appreciate the new hours.
12 November 1924
Sir – Today being Remembrance Day and Earl Haig's strong appeal appearing in your paper, I was amazed to be unable to buy a single poppy in the streets of Edinburgh. After some difficulty and climbing many stairs I found the headquarters and there secured one in return for a contribution. I think there are countless others who will agree with me that in this matter the management has done injury to the cause of our distressed soldiers. The day is to so many of us a sacred one, and to be casually offered a poppy by a child on Saturday was not to be looked for or even understood. The great reverent crowd on the Esplanade was poppyless, and the fund unworthily deprived of a large sum. – I am &c. Sor.
[Edinburgh citizens had an opportunity of paying tribute by procuring a poppy on Saturday – Ed.]