April 1929

Future of Lochee Baths - Aerating Plant

Reform StreetIt is proposed to recondition Lochee Public Baths at an estimated cost of £1,000. The Baths Committee on Monday visited the baths, and agreed to recommend the Town Council to sanction the expenditure.The Superintendent, Mr B. Cuthill, reported that the whole condition of the baths was bad, and that the bottom of the bathing pond was not fully tiled. The dressing boxes were also reported to be in a state of disrepair. The alterations were estimated to cost £1,000, which would include the tunnelling necessary for the introduction later on of an aerating plant.

Animal Skin Wanted

Mole, fox, otter, rabbit and other skins wanted
To obtain the highest prices by return send your consignments to J. Lipman, 145a Aldersgate Street, London.

Motor Club's Invitation

Dundee Motor Club Ltd., will hold their opening social run on Monday, the Spring holiday, starting from Albert Square at 10.30 am. The run will be to the farm of Alrick in Glenisla. In the afternoon there will be impromptu sports, including a freak hill climb, football and c. The committee particularly wish a large turnout at this opening run, and any motorist or motor cyclist, although not a member of the club, will be made welcome.

Wanted Immediately, for Smithson Asylum, Greenock

Probationer nurse; must be tall, strong and educated. Apply giving age, references & c. to the Lady Superintendent of Nurses.

Market for Tins

It would be difficult to calculate how many empty tins the citizens throw into the dustbins in the course of a year, but, whatever the quantity, there is undoubtedly a market for them. It depends on how they are sold. Loose, the old tins are worth about 10s a ton, but baled, as much as 28s a ton can be got for them. The Cleansing Superintendent being a business man wants to get the big price, but does not have a press for baling the tins, and the committee naturally granted his request that he should acquire one.

Rhubarb Ambush

Take a plain or fancy mould and cover the bottom with pieces of bread cut into squares. Over this pour some hot stewed rhubarb, and fill the mould with alternate layers of bread and rhubarb. Let this soak for a little, then pour over the contents of the mould one pint of lemon jelly. When set, turn out. This makes a pretty and delicious dish.

Gowk's Day

Gowk's Day passed quietly in Dundee but at least one amusing incident is to be recorded. Common amongst the fooling is the practice of sending someone for messages which, although to the unsuspecting they appear quite genuine, have catches in them. One party in Dundee, however, when sending a youth on such an errand, failed to reckon with the sense of humour which a certain chemist can combine with his business ability, and so were in turn "had" themselves.

The lad - a message boy - was asked to go for "tuppence worth of elbow-grease", and accordingly set forth, complete with tuppence and bottle, to the nearest chemists. On hearing the request the chemist took the bottle, filled it with water which he darkened, and handed it back to the boy, placing the tuppence in his till.

The Drawer that Sticks

When a drawer sticks and refuses to be pulled out or pushed in, rub the top edges with beeswax or paraffin. The drawer won't stick again.

For the Stay-at-homes

For those who prefer to stay in "Bonnie Dundee" on Monday ample provision is to be made in the way of sport. Two important football matches will be played, and followers of flat racing are not forgotten. In order to raise funds to alleviate the heavy expense incurred by Dundee Thistle Harriers for travelling purposes an exhibition mile race will be run at the interval of the Dundee United v East Fife game. All the leading Thistle runners, including J. Suttie Smith, Tom Whitton and J.M. Petrie, will be on view, and the efforts of the officials deserve the fullest support of the sporting public.

Have You Heard

Butcher Row, which stood near the Greenmarket, dated back to the latter part of the 17th century? Almost two hundred and 50 years old, it was cleared away some time ago. The tenements between Butcher Row and Fish Street were acquired in 1875 by the Commissioners of Police, and were gradually removed to make way for Whitehall Crescent.

The name Butchers Row was quite a modern designation for the street. The first known name was Flesh Market Street, taking that name after the new flesh market was established on the south side in 1775, the old market being situated at the east end of the High Street, and known as the Shambles. This thoroughfare was known by that name until 1793, when the name of Shore Head Street was adopted. Ultimately in 1813, the street received the name of Butcher Row.

One of the striking features of it was the somewhat uncommon architecture. On a house, in all probability built by a burgess of refined tastes and ample means, was the date 1684 carved out of the wall in huge figures. The inclusion of several pottery jugs built into the wall was also unique.

It is conjectured that the mansion was built by James Wedderburn, second son of Sir Alexander Wedderburne of Blackness. He had two sons, the elder of whom, Alexander, became Sir Alexander Wedderburn of Blackness, having purchased the estate from his cousin, Sir John Wedderburne, and succeeded to the title.