Bygone News - 100 years ago and over

March 1914

Better Tramway Service

Extension of Track and Higher Speed

The Board of Trade inspection of the extension of the Blackness Road tramway line took place on Tuesday by Major Pringle, R.E.

This new section, which is about 1200 yards in length, continues the Blackness route from Balgay Lodge to Glamis Road, and has cost about £5000 to construct and equip.

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February 1914

Bad Teeth in Dundee

Another addition was made to Dundee’s many public institutions this week, when Sir George Baxter, LL.D., formally opened the new Dental Hospital, which has been fitted up in a house leased for the purpose in Park Place. The institution is intended to provide dental treatment for the poor free or at a nominal charge. It is readily accessible from the centre of the city.

The hospital proper is confined to the ground floor of the building, which is of two flats. It has been fitted up at a cost of £350.

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January 1914

Typhoid Fever Claims First Victim in Broughty Ferry

It has been officially announced that the outbreak of typhoid fever at Broughty Ferry is in no way caused by the much-maligned drains. The outbreak is said to be due to infected milk.

The outbreak of typhoid fever at Broughty Ferry claimed its first victim on Sunday, when the death took place of Constance Mary Flight (14) daughter of Sergeant Flight, of the Broughty Police. Miss Flight was one of the earliest to be attacked by the disease.

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December 1913

The New Scala Picture Theatre

The latest addition to Dundee’s places of entertainment, the Scala Picture Theatre, is to be opened on Tuesday first. In these

days when the craze is to get your entertainment from the film the presence in the city of a new cinema hall modelled on the most up-to-date and attractive lines are welcome.

The new theatre, situated in a popular district will without doubt command many patrons. No expense has been spared by the proprietors to construct a theatre where elegance of appointment and comfort are happily combined.

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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.

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October 1913

Naval Job for Dundee

Jackal to be Repaired Locally
As we anticipated in the “Dundee Advertiser” the repairs to the torpedo-destroyer Jackal, which was cut through the bows by the super-Dreadnought Thunderer during the North sea manoeuvres, and has been dry docked at Dundee, will be executed by local shipbuilders.

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September 1913

Robbed on the Tay

Police Search for Stolen £20 Bank Notes
Dundee is being search high and low for a number of bank notes which made a mysterious disappearance from the pocket of a passenger on board a Tay pleasure steamer on Sunday evening.

Before crossing the gangway the gentleman, who hails from the continent and has been residing in the city for some time, had in his possession a considerable sum of money, and when the vessel was well on its journey he made the startling discovery that he had been relieved of some £42.

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Windy Weather Beauty Tip

When the winds plays havoc with your face don’t smear on creams to soften the skin. They many soften for the moment, but they will make it apt to chap and redden as soon as it is exposed to the cold air. Put a handful of oatmeal into all water used for washing the face, and use lukewarm water only. Dry with a soft towel and dust the face lightly with fullers’ earth or any other good scentless powder. Read more......

August 1913

Proposed Memorial to the Late Miss M.L. Walker

That the valuable work carried on by the late Miss Mary L. Walker at Grey Lodge should be continued is the laudable desire of an influential Committee appointed to promote a memorial to the deceased lady, and no pains are being spared to accumulate a fund for this object.

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July 1913

Death of Noted Dundee Lady

By the death of Miss Mary Lily Walker Dundee has lost one of her noblest daughters. Miss Walker had devoted her life and her energies to the amelioration of the condition of the poor, and to her labours was largely due the active existence of the Dundee Social Union with its many and varied ramifications.

The deceased lady, who was about 50 years of age, was in her usual health until Friday, when an obscure and dangerous illness manifested itself. She grew rapidly worse and on Monday her condition was recognised as precarious. She passed away about nine o’clock on Tuesday morning at the Grey Lodge, Wellington Street, Dundee.

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