November 1913

Elmgrove Mystery
Anonymous Letter to Chief Constable
Groundless Allegations

Who murdered Jean Milne at Elmgrove, Brought Ferry?
This question has puzzled the best brains of the Scottish police for over a year and still awaits solution. A fresh turn has, however, been given to the affair by the receipt of an anonymous letter. The letter was written in Liverpool and posted in London to the Chief Constable of Edinburgh. This in itself is a strange procedure, for the information concerned a well-known West of Scotland gentleman of high social standing, and of many responsibilities.

The Chief Constable of Edinburgh immediately dispatched the letter to Chief Constable Sempill of Broughty Ferry, who at once proceeded to Glasgow. There he was met by Lieutenant Trench, the smartest of our modern detectives. Lieutenant Trench was accompanied by the Chief Constable of a provincial town and together they discussed the information given.

After careful exhaustive inquiries, it was found that the allegations were groundless. While the gentleman concerned had connections with the Milne family, his dealing apparently were without any suspicion of evil intent. The letter, like thousands more which have been received, has therefore proved useless, and the Elmgrove murder is yet a mystery.

Street Promenading
Efforts to Save Women and Girls

The social work which the Salvation Army is doing among Dundee’s large female population came in for review at a meeting of the Women’s Social Work Department of the Army held in Dundee on Monday. Among the various activities of the organisation particular mention was made of the efforts being made by officers of the Army to limit the evils of street promenading.

Commissioner Adelaide Cox described the work, which was being carried out in Dundee by the Women’s Social Department. She said she brought a very happy report of the undertaking. The work in Dundee was really progressing, and all the time some poor souls were being helped in one way or another to take their place in decent society. Commissioner Cox proceeded to describe the midnight work being done by the Salvation Army. In three weeks 150 personal interviews had been had with girls who frequented Dock Street. They had endeavoured to point out to the girls the dangers they ran, and they also visited parents and advised them to keep their daughters away.

The work at Ward Road consisted of four branches. First there was the home. During the last nine months 89 women had been accommodated in the Home and only 17 of them had turned out unsatisfactory. Secondly, they had the work at the prison and also at the Police Court. The third part was the boarding house. For nine months of this year the work at Ward Road cost £1303. Friends gave them £200 5s 6d and they were able to spare £125 for cases sent elsewhere and for slum work in Dundee.

Bailie Paton remarked that the Magistrates of Dundee could turn over suitable cases to the Salvation Army with every confidence. The Salvation Army filled a place that no other organisation filled in town.

Rev. Marshall B. Lang observed that the Committee on Public Morals had had the question of street promenading several times under very serious deliberation. It was not known all that went on the streets, but it was known generally that things took place that were certainly detrimental to the name and fame of their good city. And if the Salvation Army continued in this work they certainly would earn more that they had done in the past the thanks of the Town Council, the Church, and the whole body of citizens. (Applause).


Practical Cookery
And renovation of garments class for
Mothers and Housekeepers on
Thursdays at 3 p.m.
Course of 20 lessons, 2s.
Enrolling at 33, Tay Street, Dundee.

To Let

Broughty Ferry and Barnhill
2 and 3 rooms, grates, garden &c, 15s and 19s monthly.
Miller, 9 Ward Road, Dundee.

Naval Air Base

After a lengthy period of negotiations, the Dundee Harbour Trust and the British Admiralty have now come to definite terms regarding the lease of the ground at Carolina Port for the construction of a naval air base. The Dundee waterplane station may therefore be soon an accomplished fact.

A few matters remain which the Admiralty desire to adjust, but these, it is understood, are of such minor importance as to be little or no hindrance, and the work of transforming the unoccupied ground into an air base will shortly be entered upon.

Boy Sent to Reformatory

An extraordinary story relating to a thirteen year-old school boy belonging to Dundee, who went to Broughty Ferry, where he lived in lavatories, has come before Bailie Neave at Dundee Children’s Court yesterday. The boy, John Croll, William Street, Dundee, was charged with the theft of a shilling from the house in William Street occupied by Myles Christie, mill-worker. The story told in court was to the effect that Croll was found wandering in Broughty Ferry. He said he had the night before slept in a hayloft with another boy, and had been staying in lavatories since he committed the theft. The boy’s father said he had done his best for the lad but he was continually running away. Croll, who recently had been before the Sheriff for housebreaking, was sent to Parkhead Reformatory for five years.

Public Notices

Dublin Relief Fund
Sunday, Albert Square, 2 p.m.
St Margaret’s (Old) Brass Band in attendance
Voluntary Collectors Wanted.
Collectors for Saturday Street Collection call
I.L.P. Hall, 161, Overgate at 1.30.


Kings Theatre and Hippodrome
Twice Nightly
Next Week –
A Great Vaudeville Enterprise
Direct from her most successful season at the
Palace Theatre London
Miss Vesta Tilley
Royal Command Performance Artiste
Everybody’s Idol
Box Office Open 11-4.
Tel 1930.

Vienna Steak

Take ½  lb mince, 1 teacup breadcrumbs, 1 small onion, parsley, salt and pepper and one egg. Put the mince collops into a small basin and mix in a small onion chopped very fine, the breadcrumbs, season with salt and pepper and the chopped parsley. Mix all together with the egg, form into two cakes and fry in frying pan