11 June 1870
A disgusting clown in Coaltown of Wemyss
For several evenings of late a clown, with skull cap, etc, has been giving public exhibitions in this and the neighbouring districts, but his language has been of such a coarse nature as to disgust not a few who clustered round him. His sole intention being to gather a shower of coppers, he gave vent to rough expressions when he was disappointed in this, and drew forth the indignation of numbers who had gone to see his performance.
11 June 1886
Warning to bicyclists
At the monthly JP court, held here on Tuesday last, Provost Dods on the bench, a young lad pleaded guilty to having ridden a bicycle on the public footpath, near to Stenton railway gate, and was fined 2s 6d or two days' imprisonment.
11 June 1861
Emigration to New Zealand
The ship Pladda, which left the Broomielaw, Glasgow, on Thursday, dropped down to the Tail of the Bank, and after getting her full compliment of everything on board, sailed on Saturday afternoon for Port-Chalmers, Otago, New Zealand. The Pladda, besides a general cargo, carries out 400 passengers, chiefly of the agricultural class.
Lanarkshire Upper Ward Examiner
12 June 1880
Revival of the game of 'bullet-throwing' – smart sentence
Among the games which appear to have again become popular amongst the young men in the landward districts is that popularly known as 'bullet-throwing.' The principal feature of the game is to put a heavy bullet a mile in the smallest number of throws, and as it is always practised on the public road it is attended with considerable danger to pedestrians. Numerous complaints have recently been made to the police of the different districts regarding the playing of the game, and they are now doing what they can to put a stop to it. At the Justice of Peace Court on Monday – Messrs Pollock and Maxwell on the bench – two young men names Wm. Wilson, tinsmith, and Malcolm McArthur, calenderman, both residing at Glengowan Printworks, found guilty of indulging in this amusement, were each sentenced to pay a fine of £2 10s, with £2 5s 6d of expenses, or go to prison 40 days. The fines and expenses were paid.
12 June 1845
On Thursday night, about six o'clock, a chimney-sweeper, named Robert Johnston, while on the top of a three-storey house in Nicholson Street, lost his balance and fell to the area below. He was picked up by another sweep, named Wooden, and conveyed to the Infirmary, when it was discovered that the amount of injury was only a scratch or cut on his chin, which was immediately dressed, and he was put into a warm bath, which completely restored him. This is the fourth time Johnston has fallen from houses when at work, and the third fall from three storeys high, without sustaining material injury.
13 June 1870
Why is the Clyde so unwholesome?
I went to Greenwich and returned by the Thames, and, much to my astonishment and delight found the air on the river pure and wholesome. Can anybody tell me why the Thames should be so clean and free from bad smells, running, as it does, for so many miles through the heart of the greatest city in the world, with its population of millions, and the Clyde, with its far shorter course through a population of hundreds of thousands, should be suffered to pollute the whole city of Glasgow with its intolerable stench, and to make a steamboat excursion from Jamaica Street Bridge to Govan an undertaking as unpleasant and almost as dangerous at this season as a visit to the sewers of Paris, or a descent into a choke-damp filled mine?
13 June 1873
At the Sheriff Small-Debt court, Wigtown, on Tuesday week – Sheriff-Substitute Mackie on the bench – Sarah McKie, domestic servant, Blairshinnoch, obtained decreet against Thomas Shillan, labourer, Culnoag, Sorbie, for the sum of £10 as a solatium
for wounded feelings, and as damages for having won her heart, and caused her to get arrangements made for the wedding, he being at the time a married man, with a family. The discovery of 'Tam' being a benedict was made on the eve of the marriage, and caused a good deal of talk in the neighbourhood.
Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser
16 June 1855
Last week the residence of a gentleman in Belgrove Street was broken into by thieves in the absence of the family at the coast. It appears that the police had not received the usual notice of removal. In consequence of this omission, no special watch was placed upon the premises; and the thieves availing themselves of the opportunity, effected an entrance by means of false keys, and succeeded in carrying off unobserved a considerable quanitity of wearing apparel and other articles. Every drawer and press in the house was thoroughly ransacked. The landlord on his return on Friday morning found the outside door carefully locked, but the interior completely gutted of everything portable. This should act as a warning to families leaving their city residence for the coast, and induce them on no account to neglect intimating their removal to the police.