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EDWARDIAN NEWS FROM THE MEWS, 10

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 28/02/2021 - 07:20

TRAGIC DEATH IN AN EDINBURGH HOTEL.

BARMAID SHOT DEAD.

A melancholy addition was made last night to the victims of reckless fooling with firearms. Between seven and eight o’clock in the evening a seafaring man, named Richard Francis Johnstone, paid a visit to the bar of the Continental Hotel, Meuse Lane, Edinburgh.

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Submitted by Editor on Sun, 17/01/2021 - 11:17

FIRE IN AN EDINBURGH WORKSHOP.

A fire broke out in a joiner’s workshop situated in Swinton Row, Broughton Street, Edinburgh, yesterday afternoon.[1]

The workshop, which occupies a two-storeyed brick building, is in close proximity to Messrs Moir & Co.’s large funeral undertaking establishment, where, in the stables and yard, there were a large number of horses, hearses, cabs, and other vehicles.

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Submitted by Editor on Sun, 10/01/2021 - 09:06

LEITH POLICE COURT.

(BAILIE M’KELVIE ON THE BENCH.)

THURSDAY

Robert Mearns, labourer, Greenside Row, Edinburgh, was not working about the beginning of the present month, but he devised other and easier means to become the proud possessor of two quart bottles of whisky.

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Submitted by Editor on Sun, 03/01/2021 - 09:07

TO-DAY’S POLICE NEWS.

EDINBURGH CITY—Before BAILIE GIBSON.

FORTY-EIGHT HOURS’ CRIME.

There were 74 new prisoners brought to the bar. The charges were: Disorderly, 30; incapable, 22; assault, 7; nuisance, 5; theft, 3; begging and housebreaking, 2 each; and drunk in charge of a child, drunk in charge of a horse, and cruelty to children, 1 each.

FRIENDS FALL OUT.

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Submitted by Editor on Sun, 27/12/2020 - 10:05

A Compendium

of

New Town

Noir.

*****

Viz.

North Edinburgh’s

Back-Streets & Dark Corners

as Reported in

Scottish Broadsheets

during His Late Majesty’s Reign

from 20 January 1901 to 6 May 1910.

*****

Compiled from Original Sources

& Most Attentively Annotated

for the Convenience, Elucidation & Entertainment

of Generous Subscribers

by

A. J.

HISTORIC HUMBUGGERY

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 01/12/2020 - 00:01

The article below, apparently written on Christmas Day 1790, appeared in the Caledonian Mercury on 1 January 1791.

It is possible that the subject matter appealed to some Presbyterian editor sucking in his cheeks at the celebration of a Rome-ish mass south of the Border. But it is more probable that the Editor enjoyed the deadpan humour of a supposed 'member of the Church of England' urging abstemiousness in terms that would have struck many disapproving or hypocritical Scots as excessive.