February 1938

Mystery Call to Jute Workers

Mill workers in the west end of the city got a surprise call back to work yesterday when the “bummers” of a certain factory started to blow nearly ten minutes before they were due.Hundreds of employees who heard the “bummer” were convinced that their clocks were slow, and hastened back to work. On arrival at their various places of employment they were surprised to find that they were ten minutes too early.

Many of them had left their mid-day meal unfinished, but had no time to return to the house.

They mystery is still unsolved, but it seem probable that an engineman in one of the factories had used the “bummer” to lower the steam pressure in a boiler.

Violet, Hope of the City

Await Cup Ballot (By Sidlaw)

Hats off to Violet for their great efforts to uphold the prestige of local junior football! Our sole surviving Scottish Cup hope weathered the storm, in more senses that one at Campbeltown, to emerge worthy candidates for the sixth round at the expense of the local Hearts.

On a wind-swept pitch the “Pansies” greater strength and fine positional play won the day. Cargill, Simpson, Foster, Downie and Vannet put in effective defensive work in the closing minutes, when Hearts fought desperately to maintain their interest in the cup.

The Violet attack missed many openings. Beat alone looked capable of doing damage when he got going.

The draw for the next round, which will be made at Carlton Palace next Wednesday, is eagerly awaited in the city. High hopes are held that the Glenesk Park side will be paired at home with one of the Glasgow “cracks”.

Cumbuslang Rangers or Rutherglen Glencairn, conquerors respectively of Stobswell and Broughty Ex-service, would each prove a popular draw.

Silence is Golden – But Not Here

City Church’s Unusual Quest

“Wanted in Dundee – Bellringers”
No this is not an advertisement from a century old newspaper, but an appeal from the secretary of the bellringers of St Paul’s Cathedral.

Lack of members of the church willing to learn the art necessitated an urgent appeal being made for recruits.

At the moment there are only seven bellringers at the cathedral, and frequently of a Sunday morning only five bells are in operation instead of the usual eight.

There is no sign of new members of the congregation coming forward to train and unless the appeal just launched is successful there may have to be some alteration in existing regulations. Only Episcopalians, preferably the members of the cathedral, can become bellringers, and this may account for the present shortage.

Mr David MacDougal, secretary of the bellringers, cannot throw any light on the reason. It seems that the younger generation have other ideas about how to spend their free night.

Rev K. M. Sutherland-Graeme, minister of the cathedral, advanced the theory too much homework make it impossible for young folk to attend practices.

The question of lady bellringers has been raised, but this has not met with much approval.


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Smash and Grab Raid

The man whom Dundee detectives arrested on Thursday on the Dundee- Perth road in connection with a smash and grab raid on a jewellers shop appeared at Dundee Police Court yesterday.

He is John Carroll, a 37 year old mill worker, of no fixed abode. While he was brought before Bailie Lawrence Kidd, Mr Archibald Bell, fiscal said that he was charged with theft by house-breaking. A question as to his sanity had been raised, and Mr Bell asked that he be remanded in custody until next Friday.

Bailie Kidd agreed.

The smash-and-grab occurred on Wednesday night at Mr Edward Butchart’s jewellery shop at 254, Hilltown, where a man broke a window and got away with £70 worth of rings.

New Broughty Stationmaster

Stationmaster at Ladybank Junction for eight years, Mr George McKelvie has been appointed to Broughty Ferry Station, Dundee. He takes up his new duties on Monday.

“Old Soldiers Never Die”

Nor will Memories Here

“Old soldiers never die –“And members and ex-members of the Black Watch in the city are determined that friendships formed during the last war and since will not die either.

A new club has been formed and spacious rooms have been opened in the office premises of the disused Ward Foundry.

Membership of the club, which is confined to men who have served or are, serving with a battalion of the Black Watch, has already reached 150.

The new clubrooms, which contain eight rooms, are not yet completed and work, which is entirely being undertaken by members of the club, continues from early morning until late at night.

The official opening has been fixed for a date about the end of next month, and it is hoped to get some well-know local Black Watch personality to perform the ceremony.

Scrap Metals

Our business is breaking up!
Therefore we want scrap for cutting, bedsteads for shearing and black light iron and tins for baling.
Whyte & Edward (Metals), Ltd, Victoria Dock, Dundee.

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