May 1928

A Comedy

An unusual comedy was unintentionally staged in the north end of the city. Two drovers filled the principal roles in the affair, and the minor parts were filled by two obstreperous cows. The animals were being driven along Strathmartine Road, and were evidently on their way to the slaughterhouse. One drover walked calmly in front, and much of the work of chasing the rather mutinous animals rested with the man in the rear.

When the animals came to the junction of Strathmartine Road and Moncur Crescent, the leading drover walked sedately, on along the former route, totally oblivious to the fact that his two charges were careering down Moncur Crescent. The man in the rear knew only too well, for he had to go in pursuit of the careering animals. The leading man had walked some distance, much to the amusement of the onlookers. Here a man on a lorry broke the spell of his complacency by a stentorian whistle. He looked round in amazement to find his charges "far far away", as the old song goes. It was then he went to the assistance of his comrade.

Traffic Experiment

The introduction as an experiment of beacon lights for controlling traffic at the three circuses on the Kingsway which the Works Committee of Dundee Town Council recommended should be welcomed by the many motorists who use these roads. The lights, which operate during the day as well as at night, solve the problem of the misunderstandings which arise so frequently between motorists approaching cross-roads, as they indicate by red or green lights flashing alternatively which road has the right of crossing. The Ministry of Transport are so desirous of "pushing" this idea, that they offer to pay local authorities who adopt it half the capital cost.

Gent's Outfitters

Quite a lot of customers picked out their suit fancy from my window display this week.

Tom Gardiner, Wellgate
And no wonder. There's a colour and price to suit every purse.
What about giving Tom your order tonight at 52 Wellgate?

Motor Club Tour

A company of between 40 and 50, with solo cycles, sidecars and cars, took part in the Western Motor Cycle Club tour through Perthshire on Sunday. Leaving Ninewells terminus, they provided an interesting spectacle as they made their way up the carse at a uniform pace. Some time was spent in the fair city before touring various parts of Perthshire, and on the return journey the party gathered on the summit of Kinnoull Hill and enjoyed the beautiful summit.


Boy for horse retail milk lorry, terms: live-in bothy; honest; civil and clean. Apply in person, if possible.

Dundee's "Bad" Boys

Interesting figures from Chief Constable's Report of Juvenile Depravity, according to the annual report of Chief Constable Carmichael shows an unfortunate increase in the city during the past year. The persons brought before the Magistrates in the Police and Juvenile courts numbered 791, an increase of 85 compared with the previous year.

122 were accused of theft and 669 of other crimes or offences.

There were 337 offenders against the Police Acts, which govern the playing of football on the streets, lighting of bonfires & c., while 185 offended against the Employment of Children Act.

It is satisfactory to note that persons charged with wife-beating, numbering 94, show a decrease of 7.

There was, however, an increase of 48 in the number of apprehensions for drunkenness.

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Fortunate City Holidaymakers - Over 10,000 Travel

Dundee was favoured with fair weather for the Victoria Day holiday but there was little stir in the city. The sunshine in the early part of the day persuaded most of the fortunate holidaymakers to leave the city, apart from the many excursions which had been arranged, and by late afternoon, the principal streets had a deserted appearance.

Road traffic in the morning was heavy, and the various bus routes, especially in the Carnoustie direction were very busy. Over 10,000 people left by rail, Broughty Ferry, Carnoustie and Edinburgh being the most popular centres. The bookings of cheap tickets offered were somewhat disappointing, however.

Another means of "escape" which experienced a busy time was the Tay ferries. About 200 went to Newburgh by the Cleopatra in the afternoon.

Are you aware that

Constitution Road, is a very old highway, which acted as a connecting link with the town via the wards and meadows to Over Dudhope, Lawhill and Strathdichty in times gone by. Few buildings graced its slopes, however, and a century ago most of the ground, with the exception of a number of market gardens near Meadows and East and West Chapelshade, was little else than moorland.

At the time several cottages, which collectively bore the name "Culloden" stood on the ground now occupied by Bell Street Church, and close to the cottages a row of elm and beech trees provided an agreeable lounge in summer. Bell Street was laid out about 1828-30, and derived its name from Provost Bell, who was then Chief Magistrate.

Before the cemetery was made in 1834 the ground was let as allotment gardens. The plotholders removed to another stance north of the cemetery to be again displaced in 1866 to make way for Garland Place and the Catholic Apostolic Church. The coach building premises in the forefront (demolished at the end of last century to make way for the General Post Office) were erected in 1845-46 by Mr Thomas Cuthbert, who belonged to Perth. Mr Cuthbert subsequently became a magistrate.

The public bleaching green in line of the Meadows was inaugurated in 1830, and the terraces opposite were gradually built from 1840-50. Chapelshade UF Church was opened a few years after the Disruption, and was sold for commercial purposes in 1916.

About 1860 a one-storey cottage stood at the foot of Constitution Road, west side, and a slater's yard adjoined. A few years later both were removed to make way for the iron merchants' offices and warehouses which now fill in the corner.

Dundee Boxing Experiment - Open-air Tourney

An experiment of interest to Dundee boxing "fans" was tried on Tuesday night by Dundee MSW Welfare Club when they held an open-air boxing tournament in their recreational ground at Graham Street, Dundee.

The chilly nature of the evening and the comparative inaccessibility of the ground had their effect on the attendance.

There were several good fights, featuring members of the MSW Club and other local clubs, the best being an encounter between Tom Malone, DABC and C Walls, MSW, the former proving superior in speed and experience and winning well on points. A humorous item was presented by Johnny Gallacher and his six year old son, which concluded with the boy "knocking out" his father.