Dundee Evening Post
1 November 1900
An old custom now little known
It is no small honour to the 31st of October that it should be the feast of children and lovers, the two most guileless classes of the community. Hallowe'en is now scarcely known in England, but in Scotland it is still celebrated, and on this evening children 'dook for apples' in a tub of water, and show their unspoiled enthusiasm by their willingness to suffer the prolonged immersion of their heads in cold water for the sport of catching an apple in their teeth. All sorts of other games are associated with Hallowe'en which Burns has admirably described in one of his best poems.
The lovers' rites are more mysterious and less painful. In the West of Scotland a very favourite custom is for a bevy of young people, blindfolded, to go hand in hand to the kailyard. Each plucks the first cabbage stalk that meets his, or her, hand. The trophies are carried back to the kitchen, and each gatherer believes that the length or shortness, straightness or crookedness of the stalk is a sure prophecy of the appearance of the future husband or wife.
A more mysterious practice, much disapproved of by parents and guardians, is to eat an apple in front of a looking glass. The future sweetheart will inevitably appear over the shoulder of the apple eater.
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
1 November 1854
Curious and important decision
In the Small Debt Court on Monday last week, a highly respectable and old established firm in the boot and shoe trade, pursued a messenger-at-arms for payment of a current account for boots and shoes, to which he objected on the ground that one pair of boots were misfitted. The pursuer urged his claim on the plea that the boots had been worn for some time, as was apparent from their appearance on their being produced in court, and also that the defender's name had been written on the boots while in his possession. The sheriff held that the defender was entitled to try on the boots, and even to wear them for a time, in order to ascertain whether they fitted or not, and that the appearance of the name on them went for nothing. He decided accordingly.
1 November 1898
For the ladies
A lady writer waxes eloquent on the new hats. How sweetly pretty they are, she exclaims! Never have they been so becoming. That downward droop over the eyes, what expression it gives to that feature! How charming the hair looks under the drooping feathers at the back! And then there are no birds worn this season, so that the humane feel no shock of pity in the midst of their admiration of beauty adorned, no thrill of disgust to spoil their appreciation of a pretty face and a dainty poise of the head.
Edinburgh Evening Courant
4 November 1851
Glasgow – The Equestrian Statue of the Queen
The site fixed upon for Marochetti's Equestrian Statue of the Queen is, we hear, St Vincent Place, fronting Buchanan Street. Marochetti's objection to St Enoch's Square is, we believe, that as the statue would, in that situation, have to face the north, the features would be generally in shadow. The artist has undertaken to complete his task in 18 months, and the cost, it is said, will not exceed £4,000.
4 November 1851
Prepay your letters
All letters for the United Kingdom posted from Saturday last must be prepaid by stamps or sent unpaid. There is no limit to the weight of paid letters; unpaid letters above four ounces, are not forwarded through the post. No letter for the United Kingdom must measure more than 24 inches any way. Penny, twopenny, tenpenny, and one shilling stamps can be purchased at all post offices.