The fund which Sir Robert Anstruther originated, and which owes so much of its success to the ardour which he threw into the preliminary steps, for the relief of the widows and children of the Cellardyke and St Monance fishermen lost at sea in the dreadful gales of November now reaches £7235, ( a figure equivalent to £853,730 today) a figure which the most sanguine supporter of the movement never anticipated. The public have thus shown in the most practical and handsome manner their sympathy with the bereaved, and the only danger now to guard against is the fostering of a spirit of dependence on the liberality of others on the part of those who prosecute so dangerous a calling as fishermen. As of the outcomes of the calamity is the formation of a Boat Insurance Club, those who neglect to take advantage of this means of protecting themselves and their families against loss cannot expect that the public will be so liberal in the event of any similar catastrophe, and the moral now sought to be conveyed is that fishermen like other classes should take a rier advantage of the benefits of insurance.
The largest capture of fish for this season has this week landed at Anstruther harbour, and was secured by the crew of skipper James Brunton, belonging to Cellardyke, who bad been at the deep sea fishing. The catch comprised 51 saithe, 39 ling, 101 halibut, 130 skate, and 600 cod; total, 925 fish all in prime condition. The halibut alone were sold at £39 and the whole catch realised the goodly sum of £63. (£63 is the equivalent of £7434. today)
The annual meeting of the members of Kilrenny Hearse Society was held in the Town Hall on Saturday – Mr George Watson presiding. Mr Baldie, the treasurer, read a statement of the accounts, from which it appeared that the receipts had amounted to £91 and the expenditure to about £97. It was agreed to continue the entrance fee at 2s 6d, but that the yearly levy should be doubled and the hire of the hearse raised.
CLASS FOR SIGHT-SINGING.-It will be seen that Mr Brechin, the well-known teacher of music reading, is to form a class here this evening in the Town Hall. We trust it will be well attended, as it is seldom that such an opportunity occurs of requiting a competent knowledge of this art.
On Friday morning a distressing accident occurred in Cellardyke, in the case of a little girl of two-and-a-half years of age, the grandchild of Mr George Anderson, farm servant, who was play with another child of the household, when her flying skirts, it is said, 1led to the overturning of a pot of boiling water which a minute before had been lifted down on the hearthstone. The poor innocent fell into the scalding stream, and so terrible were the consequences that after lingering in intense and hopeless agony she was mercifully released by the sleep of death within twenty four hours after the deplorable event.
STONEHAVEN. LOSS OF NETS BY FISHING BOATS. The boat No. 1527 K.Y., of Cellardyke (James Smith, master), put into Stonehaven late Tuesday morning, and reports having been caught in the gale on Tuesday morning, about 60 miles S.E. by S. off Buchanness. The gale burst on the boat with such violence that she was driven from the drift, and lost 22 new nets. The Ann, of Cove, and the Sunbeam, of Aberdeen, also put in yesterday morning, both having been driven from their drifts, the former with the loss of twelve and the latter of ten nets. The nets recovered were greatly damaged.
Boat Picked Sea —As the Cellardyke deep sea going boat “Polar Star,” Martin Gardiner master, was on the homeward run last week, the crew observed a shallop or skiff adrift in the waves some sixteen miles beyond Fifeness. The skiff was taken shore and given up to the acting receiver of wreck. Her length is about fifteen feet, but she has evidently had service while on duty as the longboat some foreign vessel, the name of which, however, is obliterated.
A Burgh Court held in Cellardyke on Thursday morning—all the magistrates being on the bench—when an unfortunate young man, of imbecile intellect, named Hector Maclean, was charged with committing breach of the peace in his father’s house, during which he had brandished an open razor and also sharp axe to the terror of the inmates, and likewise with assault in far that be scratched the hand of Constable Forsyth, who had been called in to quell the disturbance which had taken place on the previous day. The unhappy lad pleaded guilty, and was sentenced to fine of 20s or 20 days in jail. The bench were also agreed as to the necessity of placing the poor prisoner under permanent restraint, particularly after the father, old Hector Maclean, had made a declaration to his hopeless fatuous condition, when Mr Thomas Brown, the inspector of the poor, was sent for, but we understand that the nature of his detention, whether as prisoner or patient, will rest with the medical examination which will take place in course in the county jail.
It is pleasing to observe that a marked improvement has taken piece in the health of the Coast. Scarlatina and other epidemics scarce linger on the threshold; but a fatal case of a sebrile nature occurred in Cellardyke on Sabbath, in the death of a child of seven years, the daughter of Mr David Boyter
There are no news of any particular interest elsewhere; but betides the ten or eleven Cellardyke crew, at distant fishing grounds, other two have left this week for the herring drave at Howth.