23 June 1883
On Saturday evening an old man evidently inspired by 'John Barleycorn' amused promenaders on the esplanade by dancing joyously to the strains of the band which occupied the Bandstand. In his enthusiasm, however, he got too near the water's edge and fell over, but fortunately there were a few feet of water to break his fall, and plenty of willing hands to pull him out. Partially sobered by his bath, he began to moralise aloud on the dangers he had just escaped, and asked what would have become of him if he had been drowned. A good Samaritan coming up at the time, and thinking the old man was asking where he could get his clothes dried, said, 'You'll just go to the gas works and get yourself dried'; and with this purpose he left the esplanade.
23 June 1860
The Wallace Monument
A lithographic drawing of the design by J T Rochead, Esq., for the national Wallace monument, has been published by Messrs. Maclure, McDonald, and McGregor. It is carefully drawn and beautifully coloured, and conveys a true idea of the grand appearance which the monument will have when completed. We believe that a sum of between two and three thousand pounds will be required before the erection can be proceeded with; but we have no doubt the necessary amount will easily be realised. The subscriptions were originally taken after the crisis of 1857, during a period of great commercial depression, and probably were not so large as they might have been under more favourable auspices. A good example has been shown to the other subscribers by Alex Baillie Cochrane, Esq., of Lamington, who has given an additional sum of £50, and Lord Jerviswoode, who has also doubled his former subscription by giving another £10. Mr Tweed has been appointed collector for the fund in Glasgow, and he will, we trust, have little difficulty in procuring a large number of new subscribers, as well as double subscriptions from the old. [The monument was completed in 1869]
23 June 1950
Beer-drinking Collie Found by Bellshill Man
'Chaka' is a collie dog belonging to a Glasgow lady. Mrs Klariss Barton, and had been missing for two weeks. Advertising brought no results, and it was not until a special article appeared in the Daily Record, dated 14 June, something happened. Mr A Stephen, 27 Parkhead Street, had read the article and remembered the description, with the result he spotted 'Chaka' having a stroll. True to form, 'Chaka' likes strangers and attached itself to Mr Stephen, who immediately took him to the police station, when the owner was informed. We saw 'Chaka' lying despondent underneath the Sergeant's desk, very tired but still willing to extend the paw of friendship to another stranger. Needless to say, the reunion between mistress and dog was a happy one. He barked his pleasure and laughed, as he is supposed to do, by showing his teeth and the gap where two are missing. As he is very fond of a glass of beer, he would probably get that too.
25 June 1844
Great Match at Draughts
The match at draughts for £65 a-side, betwixt Mr Anderson of Carluke, and Mr Wylie, called the 'Herd Laddie', terminated on Wednesday at Carluke, after a lengthened contest of seven days' continuance – having commenced on the 11th, and ended on the 18th instant – when the 'Herd Laddie' was declared victor. The match excited a great deal of interest both in Edinburgh and Glasgow among the amateurs of the game, on account of the celebrity of the players. During the continuance of the contest, not less than 46 games were played. Mr Wylie having gained nine, Mr Anderson four, and the remaining 33 drawn. We believe Mr Wylie as a player at draughts, under the title of the 'Herd Laddie', has been known to the public for the last seven or eight years, and his triumphant success over his skilful opponent, Mr Anderson, on the present occasion, entitles him to rank with the best players in Scotland. He is a young man, not more than 22 years-of-age, low in stature, and unobtrusive in his manner. His father was a sergeant in the Scots Greys, and we are informed that the 'Herd Laddie' has been in that distinguished regiment.
Aberdeen Press and Journal
25 June 1880
Fire Caused by the Rays of the Sun
A few days ago, in a dwelling-house in Forres, a family were surprised at finding a bedroom full of smoke, and several articles on the dressing-table on fire. After careful examination, it was found that the scorching rays of the sun were the cause of the alarm. The blind of the window had not been drawn quite down to the bottom, and, the sun shining brightly through a round water bottle on the dressing-table, a few articles placed close by the bottle got into the focus, and were consequently set on fire. Fortunately it was observed before it had got a hold, but several small articles of wearing apparel were destroyed.