St Peter the Apostle, 68. St Hemma, widow, 1045.
Died. – Pierre de Marca, archbishop of Paris, historian, 1662; Francesco Caracciolo, Neapolitan patriot, shot, 1799; Rev. David Williams, originator of the Royal Literary Fund, 1816; Henry Clay, American statesman, 1852, Washington.
On this Day in Other Sources.
The Queen remained, at Edinburgh, till the 29th of June; making, however, short excursions, in the neighbourhood; dining with Morton, at Dalkeith, on the 29th, and sleeping on the same night, at Melville. On the 29th of June , she dined, at Edinburgh, and slept, at Linlithgow. On the subsequent day, she rode from Linlithgow, to Dunypace, where she spent the night. This, then, was the first stage of a very extensive excursion, which she made, through the west, and southwest of Scotland, during the two subsequent months.
– Life of Mary, pp.78-98.
Glasgow Saturday Post, 29th June 1861, p.8.
SINGULAR DEATH FROM OPIUM. – A coal carrier named Cornelius McBride, residing in Saltmarket, met his death from an overdose of opium on Thursday afternoon, under the following singular circumstances:- He went out in the morning in perfectly good health, and returned home about mid-day complaining that he felt very peculiar and drowsy. He told his daughter that he had been to the shop of Dr. Dick, at the corner of London Street, about which he was in the habit of lounging, and that the shop boy had given him a piece of dark stuff, like a big pill, telling him to chew it, and afterwards to take a glass of water, and that although he would feel dizzy at first, he would subsequently experience the most delightful sensation. The old coal carrier asked the boy whether the stuff would be good for asthma, under which complaint he appears to have suffered, and the boy is alleged to have declared that it would be first-rate for asthma. The poor man accordingly chewed the pill in utter ignorance of its true nature, and the natural results speedily developed themselves. Dr Dick, the boy’s employer, as soon as the symptoms became alarming, was called in, and at a later period Dr McGill, of the Central Police District, was also summoned, and applied the stomach-pump; but the narcotic was too powerful for all medical skill, and the poor man expired in his own house at half-past four in the afternoon. It is but fair to the boy, whose name is William Thomas Wilson, and who is now in custody, to state that he gives an altogether different version of the affair. He allows that the man consumed rather a large bit of opium; but alleges that the old col-carrier, who was a constant visitor in the shop, took a large pinch out of the cake of opium himself after he had heard from him, the shopboy, of its peculiar properties in making people happy, and that he remonstrated with him about taking it, but had no notion that the amount which he took was calculated to result in such serious consequences.
Glasgow Herald, Wednesday 29th June 1870, p.4.
MYSTERIOUS DEATH OF A GIG-DRIVER. – At a late hour on Monday night, the Rev. Mr Elder of Tealing hired a gig from Mr Stratton, Dundee, in order to go home, and took with him a driver named Bernard Quin. The journey to Tealing was safely accomplished, and at an early hour yesterday morning the driver left Tealing on his return to Dundee. No one was with him, and, as the night was clear, it was thought that he would have no difficulty in driving at a good pace. Neither man nor machine, however, made their appearance in Dundee for many hours after the time they were expected, and the greatest anxiety was felt by Mr Stratton to learn if any misfortune had befallen them. The suspense from which Mr Stratton suffered was removed in the course of the forenoon, but only to give place to the deepest sorrow. Intelligence was received from a farmer in the neighbourhood of Tealing that the man who had driven the Rev. Mr Elder home on the previous evening had been found lying on the road about six o’clock in the morning by some ploughmen in the service of the farmer, with a gig-cushion and a gig-rug lying near him. The man was speechless, and, being evidently in an exhausted condition, the ploughmen carried him to Balnuith farmhouse, where he died in an hour and a half afterwards. The horse and gig were found in the course of the morning on a road near the Mains, some miles from the spot where Quin was found. The machine did not seem to have suffered any damage, and the horse and its harness also appeared in good order. How the unfortunate man met his death is yet a mystery. The affair was reported to the Fiscal, who left Dundee in the forenoon, along with a medical man, in order to make investigations, and to hold a post-mortem examination on the body of the deceased. Quin leaves a widow and three children to mourn his sudden loss.
According to a paper which was read before the Social Science Association, on occasion of its meeting at Edinburgh in 1863, the United Industrial School had been found to work most satisfactorily. The plan on which the school “was instituted in 1847, and on which it has now (1863) for nearly a quarter of a century been conscientiously and successfully conducted, is that of combined instruction in things secular, separate in things religious. The school is attended by both Protestant and Catholic children, boys and girls.”
Statistics of such institutions may vary a little from year to year; but the printed report issued on June 29, 1876, the day of inspection, may be considered to represent a fairly typical statement of the average condition of the school. According to this report, the number of inmates stood thus:- “Boys, 122; girls, 34. Of these 100 boys and 20 girls were under detention, 13 boys and 14 girls on the voluntary list, and 9 day scholars; of these 70 were Protestant and 86 Roman Catholics.” The cases of absconding are few, and the punishments small. The industrial training is regarded with the full consideration it deserves. These are brushmaking, carpentry, turning, tailoring, shoemaking, and wood-cutting, for the boys; school washing, cooking, household work, and knitting, for the girls. The nett cost per head, including profit and loss on the industrial departments, was, in 1876, £12 5s. 2d., the total cost being £1,990 18s. 2d.
– Old and New Edinburgh, pp.258-266.