Arrangements are in contemplation for having the Highland Society's show at
Aberdeen in 1847. In 1846 it will be held at Inverness.
COTTON SPINNERS' RISE OF WAGES - We are much gratified to learn, that, at a
meeting of the master cotton spinners of Glasgow, held on Thursday, it was
agreed that, owing to the comparatively prosperous state of the trade, they
should advance the wages of their workmen ten per cent. upon the present
rates. This says much for the kindly feelings that prevail between the
employers and the employed in this branch of trade, and will doubtless be
very gratifying to the operatives themselves. - 'Glasgow Chronicle'.
CANINE SAGACITY. - Some weeks ago, about an hour before the steam-boat was
to leave Kirkcudbright for Liverpool, the ferry-boat being on the Twynholm
side of the river, some men were anxiously but fruitlessly endeavouring to
drive a lot of sheep on board. A dog belonging to MR. JOHN EDGAR, flesher,
was on the beach on the other side, and eyeing the proceedings with great
When the woolly flock had escaped two or three times, the dog volunteered
his services, took the water, in a very short time reached the opposite
side, and in a minute or two put the whole of the lot into the boat, and
watched them until they were landed.
He then assisted in putting them on board the steam-boat, and went his way
seemingly pleased with his performances. - Correspondent of the 'Dumfries
SCOTCH PLAIDS AND TARTANS. - The encouragement to the sale of these goods by
the Queen's visit of the French monarch. Our townsman, MR. LOCKE, of
Regent-street, we understand, had the honour to wait on his Majesty at
Windsor Castle on Saturday last, to take orders for various articles of
Scotch manufacture, in shawls, and soft plaids for ladies' dresses, and also
for the knitted shawl so much worn of late, which last, it is well known, is
made by the poor Shetlanders in their own dwellings -- a fact which his
Majesty particularly observed when he gave his order to MR. LOCKE. His
Majesty was particularly affable and homely, so much so, that there seemed
no more need for any further ceremony than what would be customary with any
private gentleman. - 'Caledonian Mercury'.
LONGEVITY. - There is now living at Leaken, parish of Kiltearn, Rosshire, a
cottar of the name of DONALD ROSS, who is above 105 years of age. He has
always been of temperate habits, and is in possession of his faculties, and
able to walk about. He resided near the foot of the huge mountain of Ben
Wyvis, for the last half century, during which period he is not known to
have been once unwell.
He has a son and a daughter with him. The latter is a cripple. They occupy
a small croft of land, which enables them to keep a cow and a horse. The
cow supplies them with milk, and the horse carries home their peats. These
constitute their entire means of living; and thus the old man, although
cheerful and contented, wants many things which would tend to render his
latter days more comfortable.
The climate of the locality of ROSS's residence must be peculiarly healthy.
We find, in the statistical account of Kiltearn, written by DR. ROBERTSON,
the parish minister, in 1791, the following instances of longevity: -
"About the year 1706, KATHERINE MACKENZIE died at Fowlis, in the 117th year
of her age. In 1782, MR. JOHN BROWN, factor of Fowlis, died in his 107th
year. In 1775, KENNETH MUNRO died in his 100th year; and MRS. MUNRO died
soon afterwards in her 88th year.
The only instance we shall add is an heritor of the parish, who had been a
member of the last Scotch, and of the first British parliament; he died
about 30 years ago, in his 94th year; and within these few years, a sister
and a daughter of the same gentleman, died here, who were very little short
of the same age." - 'Inverness Courier'.