13 November 1875
A very general desire exists amongst the leading tradesmen of all classes to close their places of business earlier than formerly this Winter. This is not to be wondered at after the busy Summer. A few tough hands still cling to the old hours of 11 and 12 o'clock on Saturday nights and 8 and 9 o'clock on the other nights of the week. This is altogether a waste of health and energy on the part of these late shopkeepers which might be entirely prevented without any loss to themselves, but rather gain. From the great number of shops in Rothesay, owing to the Summer trade, to be kept open to late hours in Winter is great foolishness, and if these parties have no feeling for themselves, they might have some for the servants in their employment. Young men especially are unfairly used by these late hours, and means should be used by a remonstrance from all the parties anxious to carry out reasonably early hours; and with the well known sympathy of all classes for shorter hours of labour, a remonstrance of this kind should not be without effect.
Lanarkshire Upper Ward Examiner
15 November 1879
Finding of a skull
On Monday, while some workmen were engaged in making some alterations on an embankment at Fence Colliery, Tillietudlum, they came across a human skull in a good state of preservation. The finding of it caused great excitement in the district its origin being unknown.
Broughty Ferry Guide and Advertiser
15 November 1889
Here is a list of pickpockets arrested by the police at the Paris Exhibition, arranged according to nationality: – French 136, English 23, American 7, Spaniards 6, Italians 10, Russian 1, Swede 1, Dutchmen 4, Algerians 7, Belgians 8, Germans 12, Austrians 9, Poles 8, Swiss 15 – total 249. England thus maintains her traditional superiority over all other nations, except the natives of the country.
15 November 1884
The experience of life
The storm will come, unless our luck is quite exceptional. And it may be very trying while it lasts. But it will blow over; it will go down again as capriciously as it rose. Things had gone all amiss, in some degree through your fault, but in tenfold degree through your ill-luck. Just bow your head to the blast, and bear, as you may, the jarring of all your nature. Things will all come right again. Only a good deal of experience will convince you that the storm will come. Only a good deal of experience will assure you that the storm will go. This is the consolation I suggest in the endurance and the prospect of this especial trouble. I might speak of our getting good through the storm breaking upon us. Nothing on earth is more certain than that in divers ways we do always, providing we take the storm rightly, wisely, humbly, patiently. But the consolation for today is this one assured fact of experience – that the storm, in all ordinary cases, will not last long; that the storm, in all but the most exceptional cases, will in due time blow over. 'Is the weather ever to clear up, John?' was the question I heard put in my boyhood by a country parson to his 'man', the cautious Scot forbore to prophesy. But he said what suggested much, 'It has aye done so hitherto.'
15 November 1844
The Schoolmaster Abroad!
The following is a correct transcript of a notice written in chalk on a log-float in Leith harbour:– 'No Admittans in this hear cabben except on bisness.'
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
16 November 1889
Assault with a besom
Jane Latimer, washer-woman, Tannage Close, pleaded not guilty of assaulting James Eadie, stockingmaker, Tannage Close, by striking him on the head with a besom. She was defended by Mr Barrie, solicitor. Eadie stated that he was knocked down and stunned by the blow. Other witnesses deponed that Eadie was using very bad language to Latimer; and taking into account the provocation received, the Bailie, who found the charge proven, dismissed her with an admonition. In connection with the same case James Eadie was fined 7s 6d, or 5 days, for breach of the peace.
Dundee Evening Telegraph
16 November 1877
Cottages struck by a thunderbolt
A terrific thunderstorm passed over the Duddon estuary on Tuesday night, and a thunderbolt struck some cottages at Ladyhall, near Broughton-in-Furness, doing considerable damage. One house had its roof injured and all the windows broken. The occupant, with his wife and a girl, were sitting by the fire when the bolt fell. The candle was blown out, and the husband thrown from his chair to the other side of the house and rendered speechless. His wife's chair was literally smashed to pieces, the floor all broken up, and the girl's clothes set on fire. On recovering it was found that the woman was much cut about the head and affected in the limbs. A part of the doorpost of an adjoining house was struck, and cut as if with a knife. The side of the house and roof fell in on Wednesday.