October 1938

Pact with Germany

Contribution to World Peace
An important agreement in regard to British – German relations was signed by Mr Chamberlain and Herr Hitler yesterday.

The official announcement was as follows:-
“We, the German Fuhrer and Chancellor and the British Prime Minister have had a further meeting to-day and are agreed in recognising that the question of Anglo-German relations is of the first importance for the two countries and for Europe.

We regard the agreement signed last might and the Anglo-German Naval Agreement as symbolic of the desire of our two peoples never to go to war with one another again.

We are resolved that the method of consultation shall be the method adopted to deal with any other question that may concern our two countries and we are determined to continue our efforts to remove possible sources of difference and thus to contribute to the peace of Europe”.

The document was signed by Adolf Hitler and Neville Chamberlain.

The agreement was reached in a conversation which lasted over one and a half hours, in which the Prime Minister and the Fuhrer were alone with Dr Schmidst, the official interpreter.

Mr Chamberlain after lunch, made the following statement to the British press:-
“I have always had it in mind that if we could find a peaceful solution of this problem
of Czechoslovakia we might point the way to a general appeasement of Europe. This morning I have had a talk with the Fuhrer and Chancellor and we have both signed this document which I have in front of me”.

The document to which Mr Chamberlain referred was a foolscap typewritten sheet embodying the agreement signed by Adolf Hitler and underneath by Mr Chamberlain.

After making his announcement to the press the Prime Minister left his hotel for the aerodrome at two o’clock.

He was accompanied by Herr Von Ribbentrop, who arrived at the hotel. He was given a great final ovation by the huge crowd which had remained outside his hotel ever since his arrival.

Dundee Thanks

The following telegram was sent to the Prime Minister by Lord Provost Phin yesterday:- “Dundee sends their congratulations and thanks to you on your magnificent statesmanship in settling to the great satisfaction and joy of the whole world the European difficulty.”

City Musicians’ Unique Honour

Chosen as Best in Britain
A unique honour has come to two well-known Dundee musicians.

They are to play before 1000 accordionists from all over the country at the annual Accordion Day Festival in London next month.

Chosen for the honour as the two most outstanding accordion players in Britain are Louis Cabrelli, 9 Old Glamis Road and Jimmy Shand, 95 Ellengowan Drive.

The festival is the principle event of the year in the accordion world, and is open to players from every part of Great Britain.

Held to decide the best accordion band in Britain and the best individual accordion player, the festival goes on continuously for the whole day. In the evening when the massed bands are playing as many as 400 accordions play at one time.

Louis Cabrelli, who went to London last year to study advanced music at the British College of Accordionists, is at the age of 23 recognised as being one of the leading accordionists of the day.

He took London by storm, and had to refuse several lucrative contracts in order to continue his study.

He hopes to go on a world tour very soon. Cabrelli has made numerous records, and has been heard over the air. Prior to going to London the only musical instruction he ever had consisted of 12 lessons in theory at the age of 14.

While in Dundee he was a popular performer at concerts, and was in great demand all over the county. His records have turned out bestsellers.

On the button key accordion and playing Scottish music Jimmy Shand is a well-known and popular musician all over Scotland and further afield. He is in continual demand for gramophone recordings and Scottish broadcasts.

On November 1 his is to broadcast on the Scottish Regional at six o’clock.

Mr Shand is a demonstrator with the firm of Messrs J.T. Forbes, musicsellers.

United Surprise

By Unomi
Big surprise from Tannadice Park. Dundee United and Horace Wooley have parted company. The player, I believe, is considered to be too slow. Wooley gave promise in his opening game against Dundee, when he scored two goals. His later displays were poor.

United had a bit of bother securing Wooley. They had competition from St Mirren, Raith Rovers and Queen of the South.

United, I expect, will make a move next week to secure another forward.

Dundee Express

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Phone 4555,
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Vans and Lorries for hire.

What’s On

Broadway – All week- Jimmy Currie’s Touring Show “Stop Here for Laughs” with Bert Denver and full supporting cast. Book now. Phone 82292.

Black’s Progress

Willie Black, Harp centre, had the plaster removed from his leg this week. He is now having electrical treatment, and hopes to be fit and well in the near future.

“Celebrities” Off

The Bellman’s Budget
Music lovers in the city will learn with regret that it is to get a miss this year so far as the Celebrity Concert series is concerned.

The number of artistes appearing, as well as the number of concerts, have been annually diminishing until last year they had almost reached zero point.

When one sees the number of fiddle boxes that float around our streets it can hardly be alleged that Dundee is not musical.

The trouble with the public has been economic not cultural. When they get a chance to hear good music at a figure compatible with their pockets there are not many, if any empty seats in the Caird Hall.

It is a state of affairs not confined to Dundee, and the moral is obvious, but the musical impresarios have been slow to accept it.

Evidently they prefer a half-empty hall at big prices to a bumper house at the democratic figures of the music hall.

Butterscotch Rice Pudding

This is indeed a rich pudding, and people who are tired of ordinary rice pudding will appreciate this.

Take 2 heaped tablespoons whole rice, 2 tablespoons crushed butterscotch, 1 quart milk, 1 teaspoon vanilla essence, a little grated nutmeg, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 1 tablespoon margarine, salt.

Place the rice in a large greased baking dish with the sugar, milk, fat and ¼ teaspoon salt. Place in a slow oven and as soon as a skin appears, stir to break it. Keep stirring occasionally until the rice is nearly cooked and the milk creamy, then stir in vanilla essence. Grate a little nugmeg over the pudding and cover gently with the crushed butterscotch. Return to the oven until the butterscotch has melted. Serve with milk or cream is preferred.

Where’s Newport’s Train-De-Luxe?

What’s come over the Newport train-de-luxe promised by the railway company well over a year ago?

This question is being asked by residents across the water who daily use the Tayport to Dundee train service.

It will be recalled that Newport Town Council, acting on a largely signed petition from ratepayers, approached the railway company to erect a “halt” platform at Woodhaven, which is equi-distance from West Newport and Wormit stations.

Railway officials, after giving the matter due consideration, decided that they could not recommend the erection of a “halt” platform, but, they said, “We’re going to give you instead a nice new train to travel in” or words to that effect.

It was to be a train-de-luxe, complete with all conveniences (h. and c.), and all the most modern gadgets that make for comfortable travel.

The Newport and Tayport travellers were greatly cheered at the prospect of a new train, as the vehicles in which they travelled were far from modern. The train-de-luxe, however, has never materialised. They are still waiting for it.

As the present train gets shabbier and dirtier as the months pass, it can hardly be wonder at that the travellers waiting with a vast amount of impatience.

A regular traveller described the train as a “disgrace” and the action of the railway company in not fulfilling its promise as a great deal worse.