Oban Times and Argyllshire Advertiser
21 November 1868
A fine display of these mysterious phenomena was observed on the night of the 13th and morning of the 14th in the dark valley of Loch Leven. They were seen to much greater advantage here than this time two years ago, when the shower was at its climax, owing to the skies being partly clear and partly cloudy. Those that burst behind the clouds caused great lightnings, which was supposed to spoil the herring fishing. Indeed, throughout the week an unusual number of large and brilliant meteors were observed by the fishermen, which supports the idea current that lightning spoils fishing, as there but very few caught.
The most beautiful of these phenomena that we have seen, came down in one large body, dividing as it descended into two, joined by a long line of light, the foremost bursting and the hinder one leaving a long yellow tail, out of which came a red tail – the latter leaving a green tail which vanished into the day-break colour. The colours were evidently those of the sun, which he imparts to transparent bodies, but they were much richer and purer than the rainbow, probably owing to the body being denser than water. The time was faint dawning of the morning: and the supposed locality, the valley of the Linuhe. It will be interesting to learn from other places the different supposed localities of the phenomena.
21 November 1844
Information having been received a few days ago by Mr Gordon, the keeper of the jail of Kelso, that a little boy, named William Robertson, residing in Skinner's Close, Edinburgh, had been taken away by an individual supposed to be from Kelso, he lost no time in making necessary inquiries, in the course of which it was discovered that a child of the same name, and answering the same description given, was in the employment of Alex. Watson, chimney-sweeper here. Information of the circumstance having been sent to the superintendent of police in Edinburgh, a warrant was forthwith transmitted for the apprehension of Watson, who was taken into custody on Tuesday evening by Mr Gordon, and his assistant James Johnston, and lodged in jail.
It appears that the boy, who is not more than seven years of age, and a very pre-possessing child, was the same evening sent into the country, along with Watson's brother, for the cruel and illegal practice of sweeping the chimneys of a gentleman's house early next morning, but from which heart-sickening work he was fortunately relieved by the timely arrival of the officers, who brought him to the prison, where he was treated with the greatest kindness. Watson was on Thursday conveyed to Edinburgh, under the charge of the police, for further examination, together with the boy, who seemed quite delighted upon his emancipation from the galling bondage of a chimney sweeper's life.
Glasgow Morning Journal
22 November 1858
A good example
At the first meeting of the Montrose new Town Council, the Provost said that for a number of years past it had been the practice for every new Council to have a glass of wine on the occasion of their first meeting. He had to intimate today, however, that several gentlemen entertained strong objections to taking a glass of wine at the public expense. We don't wish to make teetotalers of you all (continued the Provost, looking towards the bottom of the table), but, at the same time, one councillor, professing a great deal of economy, strongly objected to our taking a glass of wine; and another gentleman – the town's principal creditor, I believe – has stated that in his opinion the town council is justly entitled to a dinner on an occasion like this, and has further promised that, if the treasurer refuses to pay it out of the town's funds, he will defray the whole expense himself ('Hear, hear,' and cries of 'Name, name'). Therefore, gentlemen, while we deprive all those who are not teetotalers of their glass of wine, we meet for dinner at the Star Hotel, at four o'clock; but recollect there is to be no tippling here in the forenoon (laughter). After some amusing discussion as to the probable price of the dinner, the council adjourned.
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
23 November 1889
It is a man's own fault if he is unhappy with his wife, in nine cases out of ten. It is a very exceptional woman who will not be all she can be to a good husband, and a more exceptional one will not be very disagreeable if she finds herself wilfully neglected. It would be easy to hate a man, who, having bound a woman to him, made no effort to make her happy; hard not to love one who was most constant and tender; and when a woman loves she always tries to please.
The eminent men of the world have often been wretched in their domestic relations, while common place men have been exceedingly happy. The reason is plain. Absorbed in themselves, those who desire the world's applause were careless of the little world at home, while those who had none of that egotism strove to keep the hearts that were their own, and were happy in their tenderness. Few women will love a man better for being renowned or prominent. Though he be the first among men, she will only be prouder, not fonder: and if she loses him through this renown, as is often the case, she will be too much grieved even to be proud. Give her love, appreciation, kindness, and there is no sacrifice she would not make for his happiness and comfort. The man who loves her entirely is her hero and her king. No less a hero to her though he is not one to any other, no less a king though his only kingdom be her heart and home.
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