May 1934

Tackling Dundee Moral Menace

Drill HallThe publicity given in Dundee to the state of affairs existing at the Law has not been in vain. The matter is down for consideration at the meeting of the Parks Committee of Dundee Town Council on Monday night, when a motion is to be made by Convener John Adamson that the Parks Department should appoint a male ranger for the purpose of supervision. No provision has been made for this in the estimates for the ensuing year, and it will mean an additional expenditure by the department of at least £130.

In view of the revelations in court it is not anticipated that the proposal will meet with any dissent - unless on the grounds that it does not go far enough. It is hoped that with some additional supervision on the part of the police this arrangement will be sufficient to put a stop to what has been a grave moral menace and set at rest the minds of parents in the vicinity, who have, not without reason, been apprehensive about the safety of their children.

If the committee agree to the suggestion an appointment will be made immediately, and the ranger installed without delay.

New Names for Dundee Streets

Kerrsview is the name suggested for the new street running to the east of Graham Street, Dundee. The matter comes up at the Works Committee of the Town Council tomorrow. The name is intended as recognition and commemoration of the work Mr James Kerr accomplished on behalf of the city in securing for it the Caird Park.

The city engineer is also suggesting that the street to the west from Graham Street should be called Barnes Avenue, to perpetuate the name of the first convener of the Housing and Town Planning Committee.

D.M. Brown's Special Holiday Service

D.M. Brown's, Dundee, are offering amateur dressmakers assistance in the planning and selection of their holiday outfit. The amateur must be sure that the pattern chosen has been carefully followed, and to assist in this direction the firm, have engaged the services of an expert cutter for the benefit of their customers.

Once the materials have been selected, fashion books from which to choose the desired styles are at their disposal, and the material is then cut out for them in the department.

This innovation, which has been made by the firm at the request of numerous customers, is being largely taken advantage of, and fabrics are daily being prepared for the making of costumes, coats, dresses, underwear and children's garments.

In addition to the varied collection of cottons, silks, and other summer materials, the department contains a large stock of attractive tweeds and suiting cloths appropriate for either sports or street wear.

Skirt lengths of these fabrics are made up by the firm at very moderate cost.

Dundee Workmen's Discovery

A stone pillar, which appears to have been an old mile-stone was unearthed by workmen in Main Street, Dundee on Saturday.

The men were knocking down a brick wall on the premises at 25, Main Street, which belong to Mr A.S. Taylor, furniture dealer. The wall which formed the gable of a shed, was being cleared away to give entry to a shop which has been erected, and the stone was found deeply embedded in the ground just behind the wall, forming a curious doorstep for the new shop.

Dundee Buster Stalls Flit Again

The "buster" and other foodstuff stalls, formerly part of the Greenmarket, Dundee are to be transferred to Mid Kirk Style. The experiment of housing the stalls at Riverside Drive was not a success, as some of the stallholders did not draw enough to pay their rent. The stalls will appear at Mid Kirk Style on Saturday's only. The magistrates agreed that Mid Kirk Style be nominated to the sheriff as the official place for the sale of sequestrated goods.

Dundee Swelters in the Sun - Hottest Day of the Year

Summer frocks - and a few overcoats - were seen in Dundee yesterday, when the city experienced the hottest day of the year. With a temperature of 72 degrees in the shade the weather was reminiscent of June.

Various ways of keeping cool were exploited. Windows of dwelling-houses were opened wide, and only the most conservative people refrained from casting "their clouts".

Ice-cream men did a brisk trade, and there were men who abandoned collars and ties for less formal and much cooler tennis shirts.

Yet only one man was seen to seek the refreshing solace of a swim in the Tay at Broughty Ferry.

Dundee Denied Sky Spectacle

Most of the spectacular phenomena of the heavens have to be taken on trust. Clouds drift along whenever a comet is expected or eclipses are about to take place. Even a "young" moon is not permitted to be free of interfering clouds.

A "young" moon of course, does not rank in importance with a comet, but it is seldom seen in our latitudes. The new moon occurred at 1.30 p.m. yesterday and it is not customary for the moon to be seen again until about three days have elapsed. Had the western sky been clear last night Dundonians would have had the opportunity of seeing a very young moon. According to astronomers, the thin lunar crescent, lying considerably "on its back" would have presented a pretty spectacle.

"Mystery" Illness in Dundee

A "mystery" malady which is sweeping over the country has reached Dundee. In the opinion of a Dundee doctor, interviewed by the "Courier and Advertiser", it is in the direction of influenza that the explanation is likely to be found, rather than, as has been suggested, to a bacillus common to cattle and now believe to attack human beings.

The symptoms are a recurrent high temperature and general lassitude. In some cases the attack has been so severe that the victim has had to cancel engagements or leave off work.

In Dundee there have not been sufficient cases to make an epidemic, but the cases that have occurred have caused considerable speculation to their cause.

A London doctor said the Dundee authority, had been keeping careful records, and stated that there was a recurrence of influenza in a community every 22 weeks. If it came in the late spring or early summer it caused little trouble. It was a different matter when it came in the early spring, when people were badly run down, or in the winter when colds were prevalent. Then it might be serious.

The cases which he himself had had in Dundee bore out the view that it was possibly a mild form of influenza. High temperature was only a reaction of the body to any invading disturbances, and was not necessarily in itself a dangerous thing.

Another suggestion put forward by the medical profession is that the present malady may be a form of measles. It is possible to have measles without developing a rash.