Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Newspapers of Old

Here are a few stories I thought were interesting or odd or funny as I was researching 249 newspaper articles today. I generally read all the articles on the page just because I enjoy them. Mostly. Some are sad, some make me mad, some are silly. I hope you will enjoy them, too. (All of the following were from newspapers in the United Kingdom because that is where I was researching today.)

This one is from Gloucester Citizen 31 July 1902:

Wilful Damage--Edwin Nicholls was summoned for wilfully damaging a flower-pot and plant, the property of Mary Ann Worth. The defendant pleaded guilty, and the Mayor informed him that the previous punishments he had undergone seemed to have had no good effect upon him. He had been whipped, sent to prison, whipped again, and then sent to a reformatory for four years. But he was now mischief-making again, and there was every chance of his spending the greatest portion of his valuable existence in prison. He would be fined .... including costs and the damage done to the flower-pot. (I can't read the amount he was fined and the words were as they spelled them in the article.)
Gloucestershire Echo 20 June 1902
Bye-Law Against Spitting. (This is how they spelled it!)
                At a meeting of the Glamorgan County Council Local Government Board Committee, on Thursday, it was reported that the new bye-law prohibiting spitting in public conveyances, public halls, and places of entertainment had been approved by the Local Government Board. The bye-law was framed at the instance o the local branch of the National Society for the Prevention of Consumption, and is the first of the kind approved by the Government Department.

Worcester Journal 17 November 1900
How Not to Use a Skid-Pan:

George Walker, labourer, was summoned for improperly using a skid pan, at Cropthorne, on November 3rd. P. C. Norman said defendant did not fix the skid pan of the wagon properly and the road was very much damaged. Mr. W. H. Cole, defendant’s employer, said it was the first time defendant had ever been out with a horse, and so he did not know how to use a skid-pan. Defendant also admitted this. Fined 2s. 6d. and 7s. 6d. costs. (I'm not quite sure what a skid-pan is. You?)

The Cornish Telegraph 11 November 1880
                On Wednesday evening as Mr. Charles Dudgeon, J. P., was returning on foot from Clondra to Longford, he was fired at from behind a hedge. The shot missed, but Mr. Dudgeon’s face was blackened by powder. He drew out his revolver, but the intending assassin had already decamped. The police are investigating the matter. (I'm wondering how his face became "blackened.")

And there are advertisements, this one from the Lincolnshire Chronicle 01 August 1902
NOTICE: -- Mr. Ison will attend IMPERIAL HOTEL, HULL, Friday, Aug. 8. Hours 11 to 4.30. ANGEL HOTEL, DONCASTER, Wednesday, Aug. 27. Hours 2 to 6. 
Artificial Eyes and Spectacles supplied.
(and just what were "artificial eyes?")

That's it for today, ta ta for now,

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