6 June 1891
Strike of Clyde Shipbuilders
The drillers in every shipyard between Govan and Greenock came out on strike on Monday morning against the proposal of the masters to reduce the wages by 7.5%, in the Govan and Partick districts. Nearly 700 men are affected, and over the Clyde close upon 4,000 will be involved. The men are determined to resist what they term unfair treatment. The reduction, as arranged a month ago, was to come in force on Monday, but on Friday notices were posted, stating that the first notice would be suspended till Thursday the 4th inst., pending another conference of the Masters Association. It is generally thought the move is but the beginning of another big strike among all iron shipbuilders over the Clyde.
Arbroath Herald and Advertiser for the Montrose Burghs
6 June 1889
One of the severest thunderstorms that has taken place for some years passed over Scotland on Sunday. The peals were rattling, and followed each other in quick succession, while the lightning was frequent and vivid. Rain fell in inundating torrents, and hail fell in some places, the drops in some instances being as large as cherries. In some parts of the country it was so dark that the churches had to be lighted during divine service. In many districts houses were struck and damaged, and several valuable animals killed.
The thunderstorm was exceptionally violent at Arbroath. The whole district was enveloped in a cloud of mist, and the atmosphere was heavy and sultry. The storm began shortly after midday, when the sky was overcast and rain fell heavily. The storm soon increased in vigour and by one o'clock the elements were at their full fury. Rain fell in torrents and many of the streets were almost impassable. Brilliant flashes of lightning followed each other in rapid succession. The lightning was extremely vivid and frequently there were three or four flashes almost instantaneously. The peals of thunder were loud and prolonged. Fortunately no casualties occurred in the town, with the exception that a tree at the Nolt Loan was struck by lightning. The stem passed away about 2pm, when the weather cleared, but peals of thunder were heard in the distance during the remainder of the afternoon and evening. The thunderstorm was renewed in a less degree early on Monday morning.
Hawick News and Border Chronicle
8 June 1889
Superintendent MacDonald reported, among other things, that there had been four cases of infectious diseases in the burgh – one case of typhus fever, two of scarlet fever, and one of diphtheria. The last-named had proved fatal, and the house drains in which it occurred were neither trapped nor ventilated. He also reported that none of the house drains in Wellogate Place were trapped or ventilated.
Aberdeen Evening Express
9 June 1879
Fashionable Periods of Mourning
The usual period of mourning for a first cousin is six weeks (three in mourning and three in half-mourning), but mourning for a second cousin would be for three weeks, for a nephew or niece it would be for three months. But the mourning for these relatives does not – after the funeral has taken place – necessitate persons secluding themselves from society, and they therefore get out as usual. A period of mourning for an aunt or uncle would be of three months' duration, but in this case a fortnight at least would elapse before 'going out' would be resumed; for great aunts or uncles two months is the usual period of mourning; for second cousins and distant connections three weeks' mourning is usual; for brothers or sisters six months is the prescribed period for mourning, during the first two months of which the mourners are not expected to enter into society. The mourning for a grandfather or grandmother would be nine months, and the seclusion from society would average two months. The mourning of children for parents or of parents for their children varies considerably, according to individual feeling. A parent or child in mourning would certainly not enter into society under three months at least. Wives would mourn for the relatives of their husband precisely as they would mourn for their own, as would husbands for the relatives of their wives. A widow would wear mourning for her husband two years, and would not enter into society under at least 12 months. Widowers would wear mourning for the same period, but would go into society at a much earlier date, the received rule being for gentlemen in all cases of mourning for relatives to go into society very much sooner than is customary with ladies. – Manners and Tone of Good Society
9 June 1928
What wot you of the thousands who had their 'bobs' on Fairway? Derby Day brought with it the usual outbreak of the betting fever which raged in epidemic form amongst people of both sexes and of all ages. It was left to 'Dr Bookie' to apply the remedy and collect the 'fees'. Few there were who did not risk a shilling or two on their fancy and fewer still, perhaps, whose fancy was the first past the post. If only there was some means of ascertaining the amount of money that changed hands in the burgh on Wednesday, the result would be interesting. The winning of the great race by an outsider upset all calculations and left the bulk of the 'punters' poorer and wiser people. Ah well, it seems to be 'the' thing to indulge in a 'flutter' on Derby Day. 'Who's to win?' was the only question discussed in the streets, in the foundry, factory, workshop, and office, and every horse in the race seemed a winner till the result was made known.
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