Ayrshire Express
25 April 1863
Catrine

For some weeks past nothing worth recording has come under our notice. The state of trade in the place, we presume, has brought all public matters to a stand-still, and the season of soirees seems now to have passed. A quantity of cotton, we believe, reached the Works here yesterday, and a few of the hands have resumed working on short time; but whether it is intended to be permanent, or only to work up some warps left in the looms when the works stopped, we are not in a position to say. We trust, however, it may be permanent, and that we have now passed the worst of the present crisis.

Oban Times and Argyllshire Advertiser
25 April 1868
Volunteers

Our volunteers had a march under arms on Saturday last. They marched as far as Corran, a distance of six miles. There they had some refreshments, some rest, and a few dances, while waiting for Captain Cornwall, who passed over Corran to see Colonel McLean of Ardgour, on volunteer business. The Captain Ardgour and Dr McIntyre, of Fort William, arrived in good time; and after inspecting the ranks, Col. McLean shortly addressed the men, glad to see them, and offering to make them a present of a lot of books. The men responded by three hearty cheers, and marched home, followed by their captain. It was pleasant to see them come home, all fresh and square, and with their provision money unexpended.

Southern Reporter
26 April 1900
The Bannerfield Ball

Sir – News has come to me that a paragraph was in your issue of Thursday last announcing that a cannon ball had recently been found on Bannerfield. This is all 'tommy rot'. The said 'ball' had been used in an indigo grinding mill for so long that through much wearing it had become useless for that purpose, and was afterwards appropriated by the younger generation at Bannerfield for putting with. This putting ball has been lost for some considerable time, and now on its resurrection is called a 'cannon ball'. – I am, &c., Shade of Montrose

Aberdeen Press and Journal
28 April 1925
Fewer Stations

If the railway companies have to cut down staffs, will they do away with some of their stations? A writer in 'Motor Transport' points out that the railways were planned to meet the requirements of road collection and distribution by horses, and therefore the stations were placed from three to six miles apart. With the modern mechanical power vehicle, however, the radius of road action, for both goods and passengers, is greatly increased, and it is suggested that a station every 10 miles or so would be ample to meet all requirements.

Dumfries and Galloway Standard
29 April 1942
Sanquhar Home Guard Win

On Saturday afternoon Sanquhar Home Guard engaged a team from a Reconnaissance Corps which is stationed in the district. A most interesting contest was witnessed, play being fast and keen and conducted on real sporting lines. Weir scored early on for the Home Guard, and this proved the only goal of the match. A collection taken at the game was given to the widow of a former member of the Reconnaissance team who was the victim of a recent fatal accident. This kindly gesture was greatly appreciated by the members of the visiting team.

Oban Times and Argyllshire Advertiser
29 April 1871
Assault Case

A curious assault case was heard at Inveraray on Friday last. Sir J P Orde, when driving on the public road some time ago, lashed out with his whip at some boys whom he believed to be startling his horses. The thong of the whip twined round the neck of a boy, four years of age, who was pulled down and dragged some distance after the carriage, injuring him severely on the head. The facts were not denied by the defender, but he declared that the case was an attempt to extort money. The Sheriff took this view, holding that, as Sir John did not intend to drag the boy after him with his whip, there had been no assault.

Northern Warder and General Advertiser for the Counties of Fife, Perth and Forfar
27 April 1841
Hand-writing

We have much pleasure in calling attention to the advertisement of Mr Dunbar, writing master, in our first page. We have seen specimens of writing executed by Mr Dunbar's pupils, both before and after receiving lessons from him; and we can bear testimony to their progress, which is, in many instances, marked with the characteristics of taste and refinement. Mr Dunbar, it will be observed, is shortly leaving the place; and we are assured, that those who have any idea of the importance often attached to elegant writing, and have need of a few lessons, will regret their not availing of the present opportunity.

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