John o'Groat Journal
4 February 1890
It is now fully three weeks since this epidemic first made its appearance in this district, and during that time it is estimated that nearly 3,000 people have been more or less severely attacked. We may state that the mortality has been remarkably low here, considering the number affected; but we regret to record a second death in town in consequence of a relapse caused by venturing out of doors too soon. Last week a young man, named Benjamin Murray Manson, in the employment of Councillor Nicolson, Wick, had a relapse under which he succumbed on Sunday morning last. The funeral took place today (Tuesday) from his place of residence in Argyle Square to Halkirk churchyard.
Intelligence came to town on Saturday of the death of Mr Patrick G Bolger, divisional officer, Inland Revenue, Halkirk. After an illness, which commenced with influenza about three weeks ago, and developed a series of complications, he expired at five o'clock on Saturday morning. An Irishman by birth, Mr Bolger's invariable good humour and natural tact endeared him to the people of Halkirk, among whom he resided since the opening of Gerston Distillery. He leaves a widow for whom the greatest sympathy is felt.
In Wick and Pulteneytown the schools are still closed, but it is said they are to be opened again tomorrow, though we cannot see the propriety of doing so, the epidemic being more prevalent now than when they were first closed. Today there are eight or nine of the postal staff off duty; but the zeal and energy of the remainder have kept the delivery of mails up to time. The employees in the newspaper offices in town have also suffered severely, throwing increased duties on the remaining portions of the staff. From our own office several of the staff were laid up each day of last week. Some fishing boats are unable to proceed to sea in consequence of several members of the crews being attacked.
Aberdeen Evening Express
7 February 1879
She gaed him in the mou'
Before Sheriff Comrie Thomson, Mary Milne, a sturdy young female from Inverurie, was charged with having in the dwelling house at Northside, Boyne, on the 2nd inst, where she was a domestic servant, attacked and assaulted James Goodall, farm servant, striking him several severe blows on the face with her fists, and felling him to the ground; and also with committing a disturbance.
: Are you guilty of this charge?
: I'm guilty o' geein' him in the mou'. I didna ca' him to the groun'. He took his supper after I gya'm in the mou'.
: Why did you do it?
: The water was lying two feet deep in the sleeping place, and he wanted me to tak' it out, and I widna dee't. I gaed him in the mou' and gyart him stan' back.
: Is he a grown-up lad? How old is he?
: Is he as big as you?
: Aye, nae that little.
The Sheriff, addressing accused, said she had the reputation of a very bad temper, at which the accused laughed. Her employers had abstained as long as possible from making a complaint, but when striking began they could not stand it any longer. She must learn to keep her hands if she could not keep her tongue. He then ordered her to find caution of 20s to keep the peace for six months, failing which, to go to prison for 20 days.
7 February 1902
Forfarshire nurses for South Africa
Miss Mary Leslie Hunter and Miss Barbara J C Hunter, two daughters of Mr Andrew Hunter, Bonnington of Arbirlot, have just sailed for South Africa, where they are to be engaged in nursing work at the concentration camps in the Orange River Colony. The ladies both received their early education at Arbroath High School. Miss Hunter qualified for her profession in St George's Hospital, London, and has since been attached to the Nurses' Co-operation, London, while Miss Barbara was trained at the Leeds Royal Infirmary, and has also been attached to the Co-operation, having been a member of the committee of management of that society. Both have had considerable experience in all classes of nursing, and volunteered for active service.
8 February 1851
An elegant snuff-box, made from a particular species of carbonic coal, entirely in its natural state, was exhibited at our office on Saturday last. This curious specimen of mechanism is the invention of Rev Wm Mitchell, minister of the Scottish Presbyterian Church, Woolwich, and will be exhibited at the Great Exhibition of All Nations, along with several other inventions and discoveries made by that gentleman.