23 April 1891
A 'Rembrandt' at Greenock
It is reported that a genuine 'Rembrandt' has been discovered at Greenock – the subject, 'The woman washing Christ's feet.' The painting was purchased not long ago at an auction room for almost nothing, and has since been laid before connoisseurs, who agree in pronouncing it genuine. The purchaser was offered £50 when still in ignorance of the picture's value. It is said that if he had been offered £10 he would have accepted it at once, but the bigger figure set him thinking, and now £1,000 will not buy it.
23 April 1861
A petition, signed by a large body of the inhabitants of this district, was despatched last week to his Grace the Duke of Sutherland, begging him to take into his serious consideration the necessitous condition of a large number of the people who, from want of employment of any kind whatsoever for a length of time, have been reduced to absolute want. The petitioners beg for lands or labour – something to do. Temporary labour may ward off present distress, but substantial and permanent good can only accrue from an agricultural background to Helmsdale. The precarious herring fishing, like every other fishing on our planet, cannot be depended on. The produce of the sea, combined with the produce of the land, will do, although dearths do occur even then; but it is rare and exceptionable that land and sea famine unite their ravages the same year.
24 April 1850
By a late regulation of the Customs, it appears that no clerk is to be admitted into that service, except he can state, whether he speak French, German, or any other foreign language, and whether he has a knowledge of the classics, how far his knowledge of arithmatic extends, especially if it includes decimal and vulgar fractions
, and also whether he has studied geography and history or any science. Satisfactory answers being given to the queries aforegoing inter alia
, at the expiration of a probation of six months he is then to be admitted. What will be required in the case of the next Commissioner
of the Customs who may be appointed?
Ardrossan and Saltcoats Herald
25 April 1900
Some people have strange ideas of humour. On Saturday night, f’rinstans, a Govan man invited another into his house, robbed him of his watch while asleep, went to the police station and gave information of its loss, then hastened up to Glasgow and attempted to pawn the timekeeper. But the pawnbroker had been advised of the number of the watch, and had the tenderer arrested. And when charged at the Police Office on Monday morning the artless joker naively explained – 'I just took the watch for a lark.' Chacun a son gout
– but it is noteworthy that this form of larking met with the practical reward of 'three guineas or thirty days.'
25 April 1833
There is pretty general belief among agriculturists that this year is to be bad throughout, and the crop deficient. They say the weather cycle is a period of 17 years; and as 1782, 1799, and 1816 were all bad, it follows that 1833 must be bad also. The farmers, although proverbially grumblers against the weather, and just as big hypocrites as their neighbours, have the merit of being excellent 'disserners of the sky,' so that we may look out for squalls before Christmas!
[The next 'bad' year should be 2020.]
John o' Groat Journal
26 April 1901
A motor car for Shetland
A company has been formed in Lerwick for the purpose of purchasing a motor car, which it is proposed to run between Lerwick and Scalloway. Two of the promoters are presently in the south negotiating a purchase.
26 April 1844
Apprehension of coiners
On Tuesday afternoon, about half-past five o'clock, a party of coiners to the number of six, all old offenders, with one exception, were caught in a house in Old Vennel, off High Street, by a party of the Glasgow Police, and safely lodged in custody. They had in their possession coins to the amount of £1, all base, but shining bright, and apparently just newly from the moulds.
[£1 in 1840 was the equivalent of £95.82 today]
27 April 1844
Baths at Gourock
We observe from our advertising columns, that the public baths at Gourock re-open for the season on the 1st of May. We took occasion when these baths were first established, to make some remarks in reference to the good which they were calculated to effect, and we likewise anticipated that their spirited originator would meet with the patronage to which his exertions, in commencing such an undertaking, so well entitled him. It gives us pleasure to learn that such an anticipation on our part has been amply verified, and that consequently Mr McKinnis is induced to re-open his baths this season with every probability of the like success crowning his efforts.
We observe with satisfaction that the community in general is becoming more aware of the advantage of the warm bath; and from the free lectures of Mr Simpson and other distinguished advocates of sanitary measures, we anticipate that in a short time the absence of baths from each of our large towns, will be ranked among the things that were.
Milngavie and Bearsden Herald
28 April 1905
In the camp scene at the Boys' Brigade inspection at Milngavie last week, the repose of the tent dwellers was suddenly disturbed by the unexpected intrusion of a quadruped with the smack of a bear about it. This was a delineation by a lad in the company named James McConnell, better known as the 'big yin,' who beats the big drum in the pipe band. The appearance of the animal caused no end of amusement.