The Cellardyke Echo – 21/20/21 – Issue 310


The K.Y. Boot. Factory.—A meeting of the directors of this new Limited Company was held in Anstruther last week. Mr James Leslie presided, and the others present were Messrs Butters, Dunsire, W. Bonthron, Black, Largoward; Robertson, St Monance; James Mackintosh, senr., Dundee ; and Mr W. T Ketchen, Buckhaven. It was decided to purchase the property in West Forth Street, Cellardyke, belonging to Mr John Ritchie, recently used as an aerated water manufacture, at a cost of £200. The premises are to be altered by Mr John Clark, Cellardyke, and operations are to commence in a few weeks to the leather trade by Mr Smith, Colinsburgh, one of the joint managers. The place is expected to be ready for the boot manufacturing in January next, the alterations being completed then, and ready for the machinery. The new factory is expected to give employment to upwards of 50 people.

Last night the employees of Messrs  Martin & Co, Cellardyke„ were entertained to supper the occasion of the marriage of Mr James Leslie with Miss Agnes Bruce. A very enjoyable evening was spent by the company.

QUARREL AMONG RELATIVES. —At a Burgh Court on Monday morning, before Provost Mar tin, Alexander Keith, carter, was charged with having on Wednesday, 7th ult., in James Street, used abusive and insulting language towards you Mrs Mary Elder or Blyth, wife of William Blyth, cooper, and then conduct himself in a noisy and outrageous manner. He pled not guilty. The evidence of Blyth and his wife was to the effect that they were going up the Vennel when accused, who they said was the worse of drink, made use of bad language to them. He spoke twice before they paid any attention to him. The language used was very disgraceful, and not fit to repeat. In answer to accused, Mrs Blyth refused to repeat the words as they were very indecent. Blyth denied that his wife spoke before accused. For the defence, Alexander Myles and Mrs Brown said they heard no noise the occasion in question, and knew nothing about the disturbance. Mrs Matters said she heard a great noise in the Vennel, she went and saw it was Mrs Blyth who was cursing and swearing. It was very indecent language. He heard accused say that Mrs Blyth was a very mean woman to try and egg up any woman against her husband, but she never heard what took place to begin with. The noise lasted a considerable time, and was a too common occurrence between the parties. In reply to the Fiscal, she said she did not hear the beginning or the end of the quarrel but the language was unfit to be used by a mother of a family. The Fiscal submitted he had proved his case. The Blyths had been much annoyed. He did not excuse the bad language used by Mrs Blyth, but it was only natural that she should retaliate when roused. Keith said he had been more annoyed with that woman than by any other body. He had often to rise his bed on a Sunday morning, because if his children went out to the Sunday School or the Church she was always making a fool of them. He had to put her out of the house, but in five minutes she would be back again. If they paid attention to her they would never be off the bench. He meddled with nobody, but she meddled with everybody. The Provost said it was very difficult for him to make up his mind. It seemed that both sides had been misbehaving but accused had certainly no right to do what he, did. He was very loth to convict, but be had been there so often before.

The Fiscal—There with 12 previous convictions. Accused—lt is a long time ago, and I have been behaving myself since. The Provost —I am very glad to hear that, and I will only make the fine 5s. There have been faults on both sides, but these previous convictions are very serious. The Accused—I want her to keep her eyes off my bairns, and I will bring her up as well. The Provost—You are not to take the law into your own hands, and I hope you both will learn to behave better in the future.

WARNING TO CARTERs. —Before Provost Martin on Monday, Alexander Pattie, carter, Cellardyke, was charged with having on Tuesday, the 20th instant, in School Anstruther, left three carts standing un-yoked on the south side of the road, and caused an obstruction to the public thorough-fare. Accused said he was guilty of his carts standing, but, there were other people who left the carts without wheels, and there was more danger from them than from carts standing on wheels. The Fiscal said the law laid it down as a contravention of the Burgh Police Act. Accused could scarcely plead ignorance as there was a similar case in Court about six months ago or so. The police were quite right in bringing up the case, because if an accident were to happen they might be charged with neglect of duty. He had therefore no option but to bring up the case, but he had no wish to ask for the full penalty. He wished it, however, made known that such a practice was against the law. Accused asked where were they to put the carts. The Provost said the Magistrates had been exceedingly annoyed with carters putting their carts down on the streets. If this was allowed to go on, the fishermen may lay down their gear on the streets. Accused—And so they do. The Provost said the Magistrates were determined to put a stop to this practice. The public thoroughfare was not a place to put down carts, and the carters must provide places for their carts. Anybody might come along in the dark, and might get themselves injured, and it would be the worse for them. He did not want to put a heavy fine on him, but he would have to pay 2s 6d. He hoped it would be a warning to all the carters not to leave their carts on the streets. If other cases came up they would be more severely dealt with. The fine was 2s 6d, David and George Pattie, carters, were charged with a similar offence-in East Forth Street on Tuesday, the 20th instant. David said he was guilty of the carts standing but not on the thorough-, and George pled not guilty. The evidence of the police showed that the carts stood the whole night, and that they received many complaints about them. George Pattie said he was only a servant and the carts did not belong to him, he drove them. The Provost repeated his former remarks, and imposed a fine of 2s 6d or three days. David Pattie asked if they were to take up their carts to the Commontry or where were they to put them. The Provost – You must find a place for yourselves, but you must take them off the street.


At the Burgh Court on Monday, before Bailie Dairsie and Morton, Alexander Murray, fireman, Cellardyke, was charged with having in East Green on Saturday, 9th inst, committed a breach of the peace. He pled not guilty. Several witnesses spoke to the offence, and he was fined 7s 6d or 7 days.

SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST A FISHERMAN. The charge against Joseph Ritchie, fisherman. Cellardyke, was called but he failed to appear. Sergeant Anderson testified that he left a citation at accused’s house on Friday evening. The Fiscal—l understand this man is at sea. He is charged with a very serious assault, and I ask for a warrant to apprehend him as soon as he comes ashore. The Sergeant will be judicious in enforcing it, for if he promises to be here next Monday he will not enforce it, but I want the power to arrest if necessary. The warrant was granted, and the trial fixed for Monday, at eleven o’clock.

ASSAULT WITH A BOTTLE. Alex Muir, fisherman, Cellardyke, was next charged with having on Saturday, 9th October, in High Street, assaulted John Doig, fisherman, by striking him with a bottle on the forehead. whereby it was cut to the effusion of blood, and also with challenging him to fight, and behaving in a drunken and disorderly manner. He pled not guilty.

John Doig said he met accused on the night in question at the Bridge. He had a half bottle of whisky with him, and asked witness to come and get a ‘souk” of it. He did not want it, but as accused roared to him several times he put the bottle to his lips to please him. He handed the bottle back again. Wallace, another fisherman, came up and gave him a push, and accused at once loosened his waistcoat and wanted him to fight. With the bottle in his hand he aimed at him several times. He dodged him, but the third time he was struck on the left eyebrow. It began to bleed, but it was not much, and nothing worth speaking about. He ran east, and met Robert Drummond, who advised him not to speak to Muir. But he went back and accused began to call him names. The only taunt he made in reply was to speak about his nose. The police came up and advised him to go home which he did. They gave the advice to accused. There was no noise, and the crowd was gathered before that. In cross-examination, witness said that it was Wallace who broke the bottle after he had been struck.

Robert Drummond, slater, said the disturbance took place near the National Bank. He met Doig who said that accused had struck him with a bottle. He went up to Muir, but he was called bad names by him. There was a considerable crowd and a great deal of bad language. Sergeant Anderson said Constable Clydesdale and he met Doig along with Drummond. Doig complained that Muir had struck him with a bottle or a tumbler, and his left eye was slightly cut..

 He charged Muir with the assault. He was much the worse of drink, and cursed and swore. This was corroborated by Constable Clydesdale. For the defence, John Wallace. Fisherman, Anstruther, deponed that accused did not challenge Doig to fight. It was the very opposite way about, and Doig took off his waistcoat and wanted to fight with accused. In cross-examination witness said that the bottle of whisky belonged to his brother. Doig handed the bottle to his brother who said had he known it was Doig he would not have got a drop of it. There was no swearing at that time, but afterwards. Six or seven were present.

The Fiscal said as regards the assault be had only one direct witness, but there was strong circumstantial evidence about it, because Doig told Drummond and police about it shortly after. But the breach of the peace had keen proven. Accused—lt was Doig who wanted to fight me, as he had punished some boys in a field that day and then said he would have a fight with somebody that night. The Provost—We have no evidence, and we cannot accept it. The proof is not very strong that you struck Doig, and we think it is not proven, but you are clearly guilty of breach of the peace, and you are fined 15s or 10 days. Fine paid.


At the end of last week and on Sunday large numbers of people visited the shore and harbour of Cellardyke, and inspected the ravages made by the storm. The damage was greater than the most of the people believed possible, and on every hand expressions of sympathy were heard on account of the heavy loss.

Public FUNERAL.—The remains the stranger young man found on the beach last Thursday were interred in Kilrenny Churchyard on Saturday morning. Every respect had been paid to the body, Mrs Martin Gardiner kindly supplying skirts and winding sheet. The funeral was a public one, and was attended by the Provost, Magistrates, and Town Council, and by a large number of fishermen, who walked four abreast. At the grave, the Rev. Mr Ray conducted a short impressive service, while the pall-bearers were the Provost and Magistrates, and the captain and crew of the Speculator. Nothing as yet has been discovered to lead to the identification of the body.


On Tuesday forenoon, while Dr Flaxman’s machine was being driven along George Street, something startled the horse, and it fell, bringing the machine down. The Doctor’s assistant and the driver were thrown out, but escaped without any injury. The trams of the machine were broken, but the horse sustained no hurt.

A SPLENDID HAUL – A telegram was received yesterday, that the Cellardyke boat, Vanguard, landed at the south 100 crans of herrings, which sold at 24s per cran, making a total sum of £120.

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