The Cellardyke Echo – 26/01/2023 – Issue 373


PROPOSAL TO CHANGE A SHIP’S NAME, We, GEORGE HODGE MELVILLE and THOMAS MELVILLE, Fishcurers, Cellardyke, WILLIAM WILSON, Fish Merchant. North Shields, and JOHN GARDNER Fisherman. Cellardyke. HEREBY GIVE NOTICE that, in consequence of CHANGE of OWNERSHIP, we have applied to the Board of Trade, under Section 47-of the Merchant Shipping Act , 1834 , in respect of our Ship ” RADIATION , ‘ of Kirkcaldy , Official Number 144791 of gross ; tonnage  95.97 tons , of register tonnage, 37.31 tons, heretofore owned by, H.M. Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty for permission to change her Name to “AGNES GARDNER , ‘ to be registered in the said new Name-at-the Port of  Kirkcaldy,  as owned by the said GEORGE HODGE MELVILLE, THOMAS MELVILLE, WILLIAM WILSON , and JOHN GARDNER . Any Objections to the proposed change of name be sent to the Registrar-General of Shipping and Seamen; Tower Hill, London E1.  within Seven Days from the appearance of this ‘Advertisement. ‘ Dated at Anstruther, this 15th. Day of January 1923

Agnes Gardner KY 185 ex HMD Radiation


The wooden drifter Suffolk County of Cellardyke, has been purchased by Mr John Duthie, Fraserburgh

Spearmint LT 1059 after being launched this vessel was later Suffolk County KY 6


OILSKIN FACTORY IN CELLARDYKE FOE SALE. There will be Re-exposed to Sale by Public Roup. within the Town Hall, Cellardyke, on Wednesday, 11th February, at 2 P.M . These Extensive PREMISES – in JAMES STREET, CELLARDYKE, long occupied by Alex. Black & Co. as a NET AND OILSKIN FACTORY. Including Drying Floors. Store Rooms, Sewing and Cutting Rooms, Sale Shop, Office, Bootmaker’s Shop, Boiler, Engine. Sewing Machines, &c. Immediate Occupation. REDUCED UPSET PRICE, £350. Feu-duty – nominal

CELLARDYKE FAMILY’S DISTINCTION, FATHER AND SON LIFE-SAVERS, A proud record has been established by a Cellardyke father and son, both of whom have won testimonials for lifesaving. The son, James Wallace, apprentice carpenter, Cellardyke, received the Humane Society’s testimonial at the Kilrenny Town Council’s monthly meeting on Wednesday night, in recognition of his bravery in rescuing a boy from drowning on June 11th, 1924. His father had gained a similar testimonial over twenty years ago for saving life at sea at Yarmouth in October. 1901.

Margaret Boyter, grocer, 69 George Street, Cellardyke, was fined 10s of expenses in Cupar Sheriff Court last. week, when she pleaded guilty through Mr Ian McInnes, Cupar, to having, within their shop in Cellardyke, exposed margarine for sale without a label indicating the purchaser that it was margarine. Mr McInnes, stated accused opened a small shop in June, and had no business experience at all. The mistake was entirely due to ignorance. The Fiscal stated that that was the explanation to the inspector when he called. The expenses were 10s. Hon. Sheriff Osborne said he would not inflict a penalty beyond the expenses.


FIFE HARBOUR VICTIMS STILL UNIDENTIFIED. The mystery of the dead body which was discovered by some Cellardyke fishermen floating outside Kirkcaldy Harbour on Monday remains unsolved. Kirkcaldy police found yesterday that the description of the deceased corresponded to that of an Aberdeen man who was missing. Aberdeen police, however, after interviewing the missing man’s relatives, decided that the body found was not that of the Aberdonian. Until last night also the body the man found in Burntisland tidal harbour had not been identified.


MR J. M. DOIG, RETIRED TRAWL OWNER. Mr James M. Doig, retired trawler owner and skipper, who died on Saturday at his residence 169 Bon-Accord Street, Aberdeen, was well known in the fish trade for many years. He was born at Cellardyke, Fifeshire, 76 years ago, and, with his brother and the late Mr Stephen Williamson, M.P., initiated steam trawling at that port. About 30 years ago he came to Aberdeen. Mr Doig who retired from the sea during the war, is survived by Mrs Doig and a daughter.


A Familiar Cellardyke Veteran, Our portrait is that of “auld Tammas Tamson,” as he is familiarly called, who resides at 12 John Street, Cellardyke, and now in his 92nd year. Tammas is “as fit as a fiddle, and is aye able to gang aboot.” He belongs to a fast dying type of Fifer once not so rare on the shores of the ancient kingdom by the sea before the days when the unique shire was linked up with modern progress. A man of shrewd sense, of native wit, and of sterling worth is Tammas, with a cheerful outlook down his many years, even in the present time with all its changes.

Tammas proudly boasts that he never had a doctor in his life except once, when he broke three ribs on board his boat. He is also in the happy position of having gained his “second sight,” a pleasing and accidental discovery. It appears that someone, under the impression that the old man’s sight was bound be failing, advised him to “get glesses.” he did so, and kept rubbing and wiping at the lenses to clear away the blur from his eyes. The dimness was so aggravating that he laid the spectacles aside because—to quote his words —” they werena as guid as my ain een.”

Tammas ran away to sea as stow-away at the age of 12, hiding himself on board the wind-jammer The Javis, which sailed from Anstruther. The ship was only few hours out to sea when storm arose, and, as Tammas tersely put it, “It shifted the cargo and me alang wi’ it.” He has little to say about what happened when he was discovered, but he was not deterred from ” a life on the ocean wave.” He does not enlarge on his long sea-faring career, but it is unlikely that was devoid of adventure, seeing the ships had to tussle with the stormy North Sea when sailing was really a matter of skill and danger. However that may be, Tammas is now well content to cast anchor in his native haven, having reached the “years that bring the philosophic mind.” He got married when he was still sailing, and naively tells that he left his ship and took to the fishing because his wife “didna see the use o’ being: married when he was never at hame.” This was in the leisurely days before the trawling industry swept the ocean beds of their finny inhabitants, and thereby ruined the simpler calling of the fisher craft. A talk with this genuine old salt is a pleasant thing, even though his words are few and unadorned by picturesque language. Ho looks every inch a sailorman, cheerful, alert, and keen. Long may he be spared to cast a weather eye over the gurly Firth of Forth fornent the old sea front of Cellardyke.


SIX EGGS IN SIX MONTHS. Absolvitor with expenses was granted Sheriff Dudley Stuart at Cupar Sheriff Court in an action by Peter Roy, Cellardyke, near Anstruther, against John B Simpson, Golf Hotel, Crail. Roy sued for £18 17s 6d, being the price of hens and hen-houses which he claimed Simpson had purchased when he bought the Golf Hotel, Crail, from pursuer in May, 1928. The pursuer averred that the hens and hen-houses were agreed upon mutual valuation, and that defender afterwards repudiated his verbal promise to purchase them along with the hotel and half of the articles therein. For the defender it was contended that he did not agree to take the hens and hen-houses.

Roy, giving evidence, said when Simpson refused to take the hens, (Roy) arranged to have them fed, and did for six months, during which time he got only six eggs from 24 hens and 6 ducks. Simpson was then proprietor of the hotel, and witness did not know where the eggs had gone. Sheriff—Perhaps the hens were upset this dispute about ownership, (Laughter.)

Roy—The cost of feeding them has not been paid for. I fed them, otherwise they would have starved. Asked who were present when the valuation was going on, another witness mentioned several names, and when pressed further said—Well, there was the dog, if you like to include it. Defender’s agent—It’s a pity it isn’t here to-day to speak.

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CELLARDYKE. Burgh CourtSnowballing – At a Burgh Court held here yesterday—Provost Martin and Bailies Sharp and Watson on the bench–George Moncrieff, Robert Moncrieff, William Muir, and Alexander Lawrie, all men, were accused of committing a breach of the peace by throwing snowballs on the public street near the shop of Messrs Sharp & Murray, on Wednesday afternoon, by reason of which James Simpson, fisherman. was assaulted or injured. The accused all pled not guilty. Being the first case of the kind in the burgh, the Magistrates did not think it worthwhile to examine the evidence, and the accused were dismissed after receiving severe admonitions from the Provost and Bailie Sharp. We may mention that a great many complaints have been lodged within the last day or two as to the practical of throwing snowballs on the public streets, as a great many windows have been broken, and one woman, we believe, was cut on her person to the effusion of blood. The complainer in the above case, after he had lodged his complaint, got three panes of glass in his windows wilfully broken. This was carrying the ‘diversion’ to a too great extent.


Through the liberality of Mr. Stephen Williamson, of Liverpool, eighty householders in Cellardyke and East and West Anstruther have been presented with a cartload of coals each.

CELLARDYKE AND ST MONANCE ART AID, There is at present on view in Mr Aitken Dott’s gallery in Castle Street a collection of pictures oil and water colour, contributed by artists for behoof of the widows and children of the fishermen of Cellardyke and St Monance who were drowned in the late storm. While the object in view of which this exhibition is held is a charitable one, the pictures being to be disposed of by subscription sale, the collection is worthy of a visit from the intrinsic worth of the pictures and sketches. There are altogether between sixty and seventy works of art, of which about fifty are watercolour drawings, and the rest pictures in oil. Sir Noel Paton sends a pen-and-ink drawing, entitled “The Bathers,” possessing all his exquisite beauty of line, and representing a girl endeavouring to induce her younger sister to enter the water. By Waller H. Paton, ” Near Dollar,” is one of his fascinating evening scenes, meadow and river, under autumn sky, with the last rays of the setting sun disappearing behind the hills, and reflected in the water in the foreground. W. Douglas sends small landscape, “Near Dunnottar.” By the late Thomas Duncan, A.R.A., there is a characteristic study of Shylock, and by Robert Herdman a Roman study—an Italian boy standing beside a pillar with grape branches above him, which possesses much facile grace of execution. Among the best of the contributions is a sea piece by Sam Bough; fishing boats in a gale, grey clouds glooming above storm tossed sea, good in colour, and painted with a dashing brush. Alexander Fraser has two coast scenes, “On the Berwickshire Coast,” with curiously shaped rocks in the foreground, and ” Tarring the Boat,” possessing the artist’s usual rich colour, and the breezy freshness of nature. John Smart in “Glenogle,” W. B. Brown in “Falls of Tummel,” and W. F. Vallance in “The Hero’s Targe,” send the sketches for their pictures in last year’s Royal Scottish Academy’s Exhibition. There is abundance of rich colour in ” Street Scene in Granada” by W. E. Lockhart, the deep blue sky, white walls, and gay dresses forming fine harmonies of tint. “Landing Place, lona, Midsummer Evening,” by Thomas Clark, shows that scene under calm summer sky, and “A Highland Stream,” by J. B. McDonald, has an effective mingling of woad and water. Otto Leyde sends an attractive study of a boy’s head in “Childhood;” and James Cassie a small moonlight scene in “Buchan Ness Lighthouse.” Of extra – academical contributors Samuel Edmonston sends four drawings in water-colours —” St Monance,” “Cellardyke,” “The East Neuk o’ Fife,” and “Gullane,” which, besides being interesting and appropriate to the occasion, are characterised by skifull handling, and bear evidence of having been painted on the spot. C Lodder sends a powerful rendering of The Bass—Herring Boats in a Breeze,”, and in black and white, ” Colintraive, Kyles of Bute”, by Pollok S. Nisbet. “At Venice” one of his attractive Italian sketches—a bridge with gondolas in the water beneath. John Nesbitt contributes a good study of waves dashing against rocky coast in ” Looking towards Pittenweem.” “A Winter Day,” by George Aikman, effective rendering of a snow covered moor, across which slowly trudge a girl and donkey. There is some careful work in R. Sanderson’s small picture of ” Bait Gatherer, St Monance,” and in J. H. Oswald’s ” View of Stromness.” Other drawings in water-colour are landscapes Robert Frier, James and G. S. Ferrier, W. G. Kemp, &c, and view of “Leith Harbour,” by Miss C. P. Ross. Of the pictures in oil, J. R. Reid sends effective bit of out-door work in ” A Sketch in Surrey;” W. B. Hole, in “Into the Pleasance:” view through a doorway into a garden with sunlight glinting on the green sward W. D. McKay, in “Showery Evening, Garleton Hill:” rustics coming along a hillside path ; and J. C. Noble in “At Queensferry :” a landscape, with an old woman resting at the foot of a tree. One of the best of the pictures in oil is “Sympathy,” by J. Denovan Adam: a little girl left alone and with her arm round collie’s neck, while a terrier licks her face—an attractive, homely touch from life.

Colinsburgh – The bazaar for the benefit of the St Monance and Cellardyke Shipwrecked Fishermen’s Fund was held here on Friday and Saturday last. The stall. holders were: Lady Lindsay of Balcarres, Lady Anstruther of Balcaskie, Lady Bethune of Kilconquhar, and Lady Hamilton, Pitcorthie House. The bazaar was attended by a considerable number of visitors on both days, including the whole of the aristocracy in the East of Fife. Considering the short notice given of the bazaar, there was a large and varied assortment of plain and fancy work of all kinds, conspicuous amongst which were a number of paintings and water colours by Sir Coutts and Lady Lindsay, General Anstruther, &c., which were rapidly disposed of at handsome figures. The amount realised was £346 6s 8 1/2d

CELLARDYKE FISHING BOAT MISSING. The public excitement consequent on the late disasters has scarcely subsided when considerable anxiety is again being felt for the safety of another Cellardyke boat and its crew. The boat in question is owned by Skipper Robert Davidson, and in which one of the crew was so severely injured while returning from Yarmouth. She left the harbour along with the other boats on Monday night, and was last seen making for sea about three o’clock on Tuesday morning, at which time there was a strong wind out at sea. All the boats with this exception returned on Wednesday morning, but up to a late hour last night nothing whatever was known of its: whereabouts. There were on board the boat mix men, all belonging to Cellardyke. It is earnestly to be hoped that good news will speedily be received of the boat and its crew.

Addendum – 14th Jan – The Cellardyke boat which was stated in our last issue to be missing entered the harbour on Friday about twelve o’clock, by which time she was believed to have been lost. It appears that the rope attached to the lines had broken while they were being put into the sea, and that the crew had anchored the boat and stopped the four days in order to recover the gear, which, with the exception of five or six lines, was ultimately accomplished Their conduct in remaining at sea for such long time, and thus causing great anxiety for their safety, was much commented on.


DEATH OF A WIDELY-KNOWN INHABITANT THE EAST OF FIFE. -James Lindsay, so long associated with the University Edinburgh as mechanical assistant to the Chair of Natural History, died at his house in Cellardyke on Tuesday evening week. He was abroad in his favourite haunts only a fortnight before, but his iron constitution at last yielded to a vital malady which had been creeping upon him for years; and those watching by his bedside saw the lamp growing dimmer day by day till the closing scene, which occurred about seven in the evening. James Lindsay, who was seventy-eight years age, was a native of Cellardyke. His father was in the service of the Brothers Leslie, who then farmed Mill lands on the barony of Kilrenny. Thus it was that one harvest day in 1813 James, as a young lad, was standing with a gun the field when the weapon suddenly exploded. His life was a miracle, but it was to him the loss of a finger. “Pair laddie, hoo is he to get through,” sobbed the anxious household. “Affliction is but a stepping-stone in the providence of God!” said the earnest if not over-gifted parish minister, Joseph Duncan, and the good man was right. The farmer’s great brother, the Professor, afterwards Sir John Leslie, wanted boy for his Edinburgh establishment, and James being presumably unfitted to earn his bread by any manual vocation, was drafted to the situation. There he remained from 1814 till 1819 page and butler and something more, for during those five years he and his illustrious master would work day sod night at these magnificent experiments in Natural Philosophy which secured for Sir John Leslie a world-wide renown. Quick, docile, and attentive, and withal an adept in mechanics, the young assistant was a right hand to the old philosopher, who, on exchanging in that year the Chair of Mathematics for that of Natural History, at once installed him into the service of the College. Principal Shairp of St Andrews tells in his valuable memoir of Principal Forbes, that James Lindsay made almost whole of Sir John Leslie’s original mathematical and philosophical apparatus with his own hands. He acquired in particular rare dexterity in glassblowing, but all this was perhaps secondary to the invaluable service he rendered Sir John as a kind of factotum in the true old Scottish meaning, for whenever the philosopher was in any dilemma, he would exclaim in his own abrupt way, “Get Lindsay, he’ll solve the difficulty,”‘ and to confess the truth this was occasionally no easy task. With all his imperial endowments Sir John was often an inordinate miser—and tradesmen would rise in open rebellion before their accounts were adjusted. After Sir John Leslie’s hurried death at the Coates, near his native village of Largo, James Lindsay found a new master in his youthful successor, the amiable and gifted James Forbes, whose confidence and regard are pleasingly commemorated in his Alpine letters. He was also presented by Professor Forbes with an elegant gold watch as a mark of esteem: and the friendship, for such it was, continued till the master was appointed to the Principalship of the United College of St Andrews, when the veteran assistant passed like heritage into the service of the present distinguished incumbent the Chair, Professor Tait. Here remained till 1872, when, after being in the service of Sir John Leslie as mechanical assistant in the Natural History Chair for fourteen years, Professor Forbes for twenty seven years, and Professor Tait for twelve years, in  all a period fifty-three years – the gathering infirmities of old age induced him to resign the situation to his son, being at the time of the venerable of seventy three. With regard to the efficiency with which he discharged his duties, no better testimony can be given than the letter of Principal Forbes, in which In particular he describes a favourite Alpine guide, “He really promises to turn out another James Lindsay—in short, an admirable assistant.” less remarkable for his affable and kindly address than for his matchless skill in the difficult experiments of the class, he was much the favourite of Professors and students that his resignation was signalised by a handsome testimonial, to which H.R.H. the Prince of Wales was one of the contributors. The testimonial was in a form of a beautiful horologe and purse of about 180 sovereigns. It was presented in very flattering terms by his distinguished master; and the occasion had also an interest all its own as a delightful reunion of friends and friendships of half century. During the summer of college recess his time had been his own, but was always pleasantly and often profitably passed in his gardens or at the fishing. He was an ardent meteorologist, and the philosopher, was he was familiarly called by his neighbours, could never be idle with his gauge and his register, and these, of course, were cherished with redoubled interest the days of his retirement, which were all the more enjoyable, his intellect and cheerfulness remained quite unclouded till the last. He was twice married his first wife. Marjory Marr, died the midsummer of 1837; but he is survived by a widow and numerous family of children and grandchildren. His tastes were other than those of the politician, but though mixing comparatively little with his neighbours, he had, as in a nobler field, the confidence and esteem of all that knew him, and that reverend face and agile step will long missed in old walks which he loved so well to frequent.


End of a Life.

Intelligence has been received by friends in Cellardyke the death of Mr David Doig,whose life story may well be compared to a chapter of romance. He was a native of Cellardyke, where childhood takes as lovingly and instinctively to the sea as the cygnet to the lake; but our hero preferred to cast in his lot with the tradesmen of Anstruther, where he wrought as an apprentice wright or cabinetmaker. With laudable enterprise he sought improvement in Edinburgh, and for a time seemed as if his fortunes were launched on a summer sea, till one day he suddenly, and without a single word of warning to any one, disappeared from his lodgings and his workshop. Search was made in every conceivable way and direction, but not a single clue could be found to solve the mystery, other than that a friend had seen him near the harbour of Leith, in which after while none could doubt but that unlucky stumble the darkness had consigned him to a watery grave. So the world talked and believed all with a single exception, and this was his brave hearted mother, who clung to hope as one having an inner revelation that someday her beloved son would return, and that, like the patriarch of old, she would be spared to fall upon his neck and weep the fathomless depths of a mother’s love. Had it been the whisper of an angel, or only the fond longings of the heart, we leave with our readers to say, but at the end of four weary years the long-expected message that her son was alive and well was put into her trembling hands, and not long after she had the inexpressible delight of seeing him again at the old fireside. The secret was soon told. The high-spirited young man had in the dullness of trade scorned to be a burthen on his friends, and rather than do so had enlisted in the Royal Engineers but remembering the Fifeshire prejudice against the life of a soldier he had never communicated much, often he had thought of his darling home. He returned once more his to gallant service, notwithstanding the pressing wishes of his relatives to buy his discharge, and being remarkable for his honour and honesty, well for his kindly heart, he was a general favourite, whether in garrison or camp, till now he has heard the bugle call which has summoned him once for all to rest, though in the summer of his days, he being only about thirty-seven years of age, and in the sixteenth year of his military service.


Reduction of Coopers Wages.

As a consequence of the comparative failure of the fishery in the Forth and the coasts elsewhere associated with local enterprise, notice has been given by Mr Cormack to the operatives in his cooperage that the wages will be reduced from 20s to 18s a week. Mr Cormack employs about one-fourth of the total number of coopers at work in Anstruther and Cellardyke, these being chiefly employed in the meantime in connection with the white fishery. Such, however, is the sinister influence of the times that the journeymen coopers have been reduced to a skeleton corps, as may say, some five and twenty in all, while in happier years the herring cooperages alone have been ringing with three or four times that number.

The new carvel-built boat launched by Mr Fulton (Pittenweem) from his building yard a week or two ago has been purchased by Skipper A. Keay, Cellardyke.

Cellardyke Post office – We understand that Mrs James Bruce has been appointed to succeed Mr Brown in charge of the Post and Telegraph Office in Cellardyke. Considerable difficulty, we believe, has been felt in filling up the appointment, hence the delay which has taken place; but from the strong recommendations in her favour, Mrs Bruce will enter on the duties with the best expectations of the public

Workers Fete –   The employees in the fish curing establishment of Messrs Sharp and Murrayhad their annual festival in honour of the opening year in the end of last week. According to the good old rule the workers of either sex had to bring a partner to the tryst. And some thirty damsels are employed in connection with the export of herrings to Australia – the result was that some forty couples or more sat down to a steaming supper to which was added the dainties of the season. Some appropriate toasts followed, including health and prosperity to the members of the firm, which was given with a ringing three times three “when the decks were cleared for action.”  In one of the sections of the spacious store, than which by the way, a more suitable ballroom could not have been improved on this side of the Forth – there with a couple of fiddlers, by the way of orchestra, the dance was led off as if Maggie Lauder herself once more “bobbed “ in the East Green, and so reel and waltz went on with unabated glee till six o’ clock next morning sent the revellers to their respective homes after one of the most cordial and happy gatherings that ever gladdened and knit young hearts on the shores of Fife.

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An Unexpected Dinner. The other morning, as skipper Robert Scott, Cellardyke, was examining the moorings of his boat, he found a fine hare, which had been drowned in the harbour during the previous tide. The number of hares seen about the sea-side of late has given occasion for much remark by the curious

CELLARDYKE – SEASONABLE TREAT -Last week we mentioned that Captain Rodger of Glasgow had sent to Provost Martin the sum of £20, to be expended in providing a Christmas dinner to such poor persons of his old acquaintance as were in decayed circumstances, and the poor generally, of his native place. A public meeting was called last Saturday afternoon by the Provost to apportion the gift and to express their feelings towards Captain Rodger for another repeated evidence of his kind remembrance of his old friends and the prosperity of the town generally. The town hall was quite crowded. The Provost having taken the chair, stated the object for which he had called them together, and then read Captain Rodger’s letter conveying the gift through him to his native town. He said this was another instance of Captain Rodger’s considerate remembrance of his native place and his old acquaintances which they must highly appreciate. It was his (Captain Rodger’s) wish that, in common with the rest of Christendom, they should partake of some good Christmas cheer, and he had now sent a handsome donation to enable them to do to. They would all feel grateful to him, not only for this present kindness, but for the many gifts and privileges which he had conferred on the town in times past. The Provost then made feeling allusion to the loss which Captain Rodger had lately sustained by the death of his partner in life, who was well known to them all and was one of themselves. He moved that a cordial vote of thanks should be forwarded to Captain Rodger, with an expression of sympathy with him in his bereavement. Mr Thomas Brown said he would cordially second the Provost’s motion, and in a few well put remarks said it would he well for their town if all who had the means followed the excellent example set by Captain Rodger, who had all along taken a deep interest in their welfare, and who deserved their highest gratitude. He would also deeply sympathise with him in his bereavement, and thought it would be proper to express that sympathy to him in their address. The motion was cordially adopted, and the Provost was instructed to forward the address to Captain Rodger. The meeting then proceeded to apportion the gift. The large number of 160 persons received a quarter of a pound of tea,2lb of sugar, a 4lb loaf and a sixpenny pie; and 40 more received a pie only. The Ballie Sharp, and Mr David Murray. handed out the articles, while Mr Brown read out the names from the poor roll. A larger proportion of the recipients attended to receive the gift personally than was the case last year, and it is needless to say that all evinced the best expressions of gratitude to Captain Rodger for his considerable kindness.


Precognitions. We understand that Mr Black, of the firm of Messrs Black & Morrison, Joint Procurators-Fiscal for the county, was in the Commercial Inn here on Thursday morning examining witnesses in the case of assault with a lethal instrument Cellardyke, when five persons were precognosced; and also a case of assault 0n a boy in the same place, When four witnesses were examined.

An Interesting Gift. —At the weekly meeting, on Wednesday evening, of the Good Templar Lodge of Anstruther, beautiful banner, subscribed for by the young men in the extensive establishment of Mr Gilchrist, manufacturer, Cellardyke, was presented to the Lodge, in name of the donors, by Mr Beveridge, druggist, who discharged his interesting task with grace and felicity eminently worthy of the occasion.  The banner was enriched with great artistic taste by Stephens, so widely known for his popular entertainment of ” Shuffle Katie.” Within a deep blue border on a white ground is displayed a mounted crusader, clad from top to toe steel armour, surrounded by the wreathed emblems of valour and truth, while on either hand are inscribed, with the same skilful hand, the various mottoes of the Union Lodge of Anstruther.

COALS TO THE POOR. —On Friday last, Mr Thomas Brown distributed 43 tons of coals, provided by the Kirk Session and the Parochial Board, among the poor of the parish. The farmers, as usual, kindly drove the coals to the Houses of the recipients free of charge.


WRECKAGE WASHED ASHORE. Notwithstanding the large number of shipping disasters already reported, there is too much reason to fear that many vessels have been lost in the gales of last week of which nothing has been heard. The shore from Crail as far west as Elie has been strewed with quantities of wreckage this week. A considerable quantity of wreckage was found yesterday to the eastward of Cellardyke, consisting of cabin fittings finely painted, with brass locks attached, also a box containing some photographs, and nameboard marked Bertra of London, and various other articles.


The corner property in East Forth Street, Cellardyke, belonging to George Henderson flesher, was exposed for sale by public roup on Saturday last The upset price was named by Fiscal Watson who broke long silence with the remark “I’ll gie ye £380 for a start,” when a spirited contest ensued, which resulted in the property being knocked down to Mr McIntosh, for a client, for £425. This sales gives interesting illustration of the remarkable progress of Cellardyke. The small space on which it is built, but which afforded space for three commodious dwellinghouses on the south, and for many on the west, was sold some twenty years ago for about £60.

East Neuk of Fife Fishing. The fishing has been diligently prosecuted by the crews belonging to the East Neuk, but with slight success. The St Monance and Cellardyke crews have had light rewards for their labours. Not fewer than fifty-seven boats are engaged at the deep-sea fishing at present. The herring harvest has been commenced by several crews along the coast, but as yet the hauls have been remarkably light, the catches being generally counted by hundreds.


A Mock Policeman. On Monday, before Sheriff-Substitute Bell, John Scott, carter, and Alexander Pattie, Cellardyke, were charged with assaulting William McDowl, labourer, on the road leading from Anstruther to St Andrews, on the 31st  October. They both pled not guilty, and evidence was led. The assaulted party, it seems, left Anstruther late on the night of the day in question a little the worse of liquor, and was followed by a number of young men, two of them being the prisoners, with the object, apparently, of getting some fun with him. When about mile on the road, Scott informed McDowl that he was policeman, and proceeded to handcuff him with a boot lace, and afterwards offered to let him off if he paid a shilling. This excited McDowl, and he commenced kicking, which led to the assault. The charge was found proven, and Scott was fined 30sor twenty-one days, and Pattie £1 or fifteen days.

On Tuesday night, the Cellardyke fishing boat belonging to Skipper Martin Gardiner struck upon the stones and debris lying at the mouth of the new harbour. The tide was too far out to admit of getting into the old harbour, and in trying to get into the new one, the boat was kept too far east, with the result above stated. The boat was not injured at first, but when the tide flowed there was a nasty swell, which caused it to bump heavily on the stones. She was afterwards got into the old harbour, and next morning it was found that the keel and the lowest plank, or, as it is named, the ‘gaver-stroke’, had been seriously damaged.

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Mr Black reported that the Committee had received three offers for the bath to be fitted up in Cellardyke schoolhouse. They had decided to accept Mr Dalzell’s offer at £2 5s. The offers of the others amounted to £4 12s each. The quality of the bath was the same in each. The Committee’s action was approved, the Chairman remarking that there was a very great difference between the offers.

On Tuesday forenoon, while Robert Addison was working at the sawmill in Mr Cormack’s premises the thumb of his left hand was caught by the saw and cut into the bone. He was attended by Dr Wilson, and it is hoped that he may still retain his finger.

At 38 West Forth St. Cellardyke, on the 19th inst., by the Rev. Mr MacAlpine, Alison B. Henderson, to Michael Doig, son of Captain Doig, S.S Faith, Aberdeen.

Considerable anxiety was felt as to the safely the Shields liners, Bernicia and Hibernia, both which are manned by Cellardyke crews but both were reported at Newhaven Wednesday afternoon.


About eight o’clock on Monday morning, James Christie, carter, Shore Street, Cellardyke, was found dead in bed. For some months back he had been complaining of a pain in his chest, but he was always able to go about and attend to his work up to Saturday night, and on Sunday appeared to be in his usual health, retiring to bed in the evening between nine and ten o’clock. His granddaughter went to call for him on Monday morning when she found him as above stated. His wife was from home at the time attending to a daughter. The body was medically examined, and heart disease pronounced to be the cause of death. He had been dead an hour previous at least before he was called. He was 59 years of age, and was well known in the district.

David Davidson, jun, fisherman, Cellardyke, was brought before Provost Anderson, and Bailie Darsie at Anstruther Burgh Court, last Friday charged with having on Saturday night 12th instant, in Shore Street, conducted himself in a drunken and disorderly manner, and with using obscene and insulting language calculated to provoke a breach of the peace. He pled not guilty. Sergeant Anderson and Constable Wright gave evidence to the effect that about eleven o’clock at night, accused came along Shore Street with several companions cursing and swearing and using very obscene language. Accused was much the worse of drink. They had frequent complaints from the inhabitants about the bad language used on the streets by young lads Many of their young lads with no provocation whatever swore at large. The Provost—For the sake of doing it?Sergeant Anderson—Yes, apparently only for the sake of doing it. The Fiscal craved a conviction, and said the language used was very disgraceful. On being told that the Magistrate found the charge proven the Fiscal produced two previous convictions. The Provost—l suppose it is of little use to say a word to you, but you can see for yourself it is a most disgraceful thing for a young fellow to go about at that time of the night disturbing people, and using such language as has been proved you used. It is a most disheartening thing to all in the community who take any thought of right or wrong, to see young lads like you rearing up and showing such determined bad conduct. I wish I could say something which would move you to take a serious thought of what you are about, and where it is to end. The sentence of the Court is 7s 6d or 5 days.


The Cellardyke fishermen had a public meeting on Saturday night, and unanimously decided not to sell any herrings in the winter fishing before half past seven o’clock in the morning. A Committee was appointed to approach the local curers, and get them to adhere to this rule, and also to communicate with the fishermen of Pittenweem, St Monans, and Buckhaven, and get them to observe this hour. The curers have since cordially agreed to co-operate with the fishermen in making the hour 7.30 in the morning.

In educational matters the year has seen the reopening of Cellardyke Public School at a cost of fully £2500. The school is one of the largest and best equipped in the East of Fife, and has accommodation for 650 pupils.


A meeting of fishermen was held on Monday to consider a request to appoint a deputation to attend a fishermen’s meeting at Montrose on an early date for the redress of fishermen’s grievances. The meeting separating without coming to any definite conclusion on the different points, and it is understood that Cellardyke will not be represented.

THE BAZAAR. —Sir John Gilmour of Montrave has kindly consented to open the bazaar to be held in Anstruther Town Hall in the end of February for the Common and Public Park in and Cellardyke. Mr Scott Davidson of Cairnie is to perform the opening ceremony on the second day of the bazaar.

FISHERMEN’S UNION AND BENEFIT SOCIETY. — The annual meeting of this Society was held on Saturday night. Mr John Dick presided. The Treasurer’s statement showed that the cash on deposit receipt at the beginning of the year was £820, and the income had been £92 5s 1d, making a total charge of £912 5s 1d. The expenditure was £88 4s 6 ½ d leaving £820 on deposit receipt, and £4 0s 6 ½ d in treasurer’s hands. In addition to the cash in bank for permanent fund was £600, making the total credit of the Society £1424 0s 61/2 d. The number of members on the roll is 166. 29 members and 12 windows received aliment during the year. The number of sick at the present time was 4, number of widows and number of annuitants 2s. The financial statement was approved. Messrs Thomas Cunningham and W. Smith (Bruce), were elected trustees, and the following appointed directors: —Messrs D. Wood (Birrell), P. Muir (Davidson), James Martin, John Bett, Alex McRuvie, James Smith (Carstairs), and A. Cunningham

PARISH CHURCH SOIREE. —The annual soiree in connection with the above Church and Sunday School, was held on Wednesday evening in the Town Hall, which was crowded. Rev. Mr Ray presided. After the singing of the 2nd paraphrase, Miss J. Wood opened the programme by singing the “Rowan Tree” in a fine manner, followed by Mr Peter Smith with a recitation. which was received with loud applause. The meeting was addressed by Rev. Mr Reid, Crail, and Rev. Mr Murray, Anstruther, who both gave humorous speeches. Rev. Mr Dunlop, Elie, gave a very instructive address on the different types of courage. Master James Hepburn, a young member of the choir, was very successful in his song of “Nancy Lee,” as was also Mr James Wood, who gave in a very fine manner “Forgive and forget, little darling.” A number of children trained by Miss Rennie gave a number of hymns and recitations during the evening which were much enjoyed. The usual votes of thanks were moved at the close, and a very successful meeting was brought to a close by Mr Ray pronouncing the benediction.

APPLICATIONS FOR RELIEF Kilrenny Parish. . An application was read from Mr Brown, Easter Pitkierie, applying for relief to Elizabeth Aitchison, residing there. She is 64 years of age, a native of Newburn, and partially disabled. She had been in this parish for 20 years. Messrs Dobie end Paton said the case was a very deserving one, and it was agreed to give 3s 6d each week and a ton coals. The second was from John Gardiner, East End, Cellardyke, who was wholly disabled, and 75 years of age. He had been in Cellardyke all his lifetime. His wife was years 76 years old. The sum allowed was 5s per week.


On Tuesday, the first herring for the season was delivered at Anstruther by the Cellardyke boat New Kate. A cran was put out, and sold at 25s per cran.

Anstruther. In the East of Fife the staple industry has had a most successful year at all the different fishings. The winter herring fishing yielded 15 775 crans, an increase 10,562 crans over 1898. It. was the best season since 1892, The prices kept up fairly well throughout, although on several occasions they were reduced to 1s and 2s per cran owing to the large quantity landed. One new feature of the fishing which tended to keep up the prices was the curing of the fish for the Russian markets. This was the first year this was attempted, and as the returns were remunerative to the curers, it more than likely the curing of the herring will be resorted to every year. The spring deep sea fishing was also prosecuted with fair measure of success by the fishermen, while the “drave” at the north ports was peculiar in this respect, that exceptionally high prices were realised, and those crews which caught herrings were sure of making money. Some of the Cellardyke boats were very successful, having upwards of £600; while none of the fleet were below £100. and the average earning was close on £200. The boats returned from the Scarborough and Lowestoft and Yarmouth fishings on the last week of November, the season having proved to them to be the best on record far as the money earned was concerned. The average of the 25 crews engaged was fully £500, and this works out a gross total of £12,000. Assuming that the salesmen’s commission and expenses were £2000, this leaves the large sum of £10 000 having been brought from the south by these crews, some of the members of which have received fully £100 per man as their share. Never before has such a lot of money been brought back, and the result of it is already seen in the orders that are being given for new boats of about 70 feet in length.

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It was reported that the cookery and laundry classes finished at Auchtermuchty and Buckhaven on 4th December, and new classes had been opened at Strathmiglo and Cellardyke with a satisfactory attendance.

CELLARDYKE COOKERY CLASSES.—A start made to these classes in Cellardyke Hall on Monday night by Miss Blackwood. A number were enrolled for cookery and an equal number for laundry, but more are expected tonight at seven o’clock.

LIFE IN A BESIEGED TOWN.—Mr Young, son of Thomas Young, Edinburgh, and grandson of Mr David Davidson, Cellardyke, and a telegraphist named Mitchell, left Ladysmith on Saturday, November 25, and have arrived at Estcourt after a long and circuitous march on foot, via Elandslaagte and Weenen. They passed various Boer camps on the way. Both are tired, but well. They declare that Ladysmith is as safe as a church. Many of the civilians have dug out caves on the banks of the Klip river. The neutrals are living in camp under Mount Bulwana, which has been nicknamed Funkumdorf. One or two of the smaller hotels in Ladysmith are still occupied, and the people amuse themselves with sing-songs. The military engage in football, cricket, tent pegging, and so forth, despite the shells, and two newspapers with skits, illustrations, and literary articles are published. Provisions are still abundant. Meat is 10d a pound, and bread 3d. Numerous families, including women and children have refrained going to Funkumdorf

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CELLARDYKE, FEDERATION OF BRITISH FISHERMEN – A meeting of fishermen was held in the Town Hall, Cellardyke, on Wednesday evening for the purpose of considering the advisability of forming a branch of this Federation. Mr John Carstairs was called to the chair, and after a few remarks called on Mr Reuben Manton, organising secretary, Great Grimsby, to address the meeting. He alluded to the great necessity there was for co-operation and union among fishermen, and asked all present to form a branch, so that along with their brethren in other parts they might take united action in any movement. It was resolved to form a branch, the subscription being one penny per week with one shilling of entry money. A committee was appointed to get many as possible to join the branch in the town.

Last Friday, while a horse yoked into a bread van was standing in West Forth Street, Cellardyke, it took fright at something and bolted at a great rate. On turning into East Green Street from Caddie’s Burn the van struck the wall at Mr Keith’s fishcuring shed with some violence, and was smashed. The horse was afterwards caught.


Intelligence was received this week of the death of John Watson a fisherman belonging to Cellardyke. Three weeks ago, deceased left Cellardyke to take a voyage to America, in the hope that it would cure his deafness, from which he had suffered for many years. He joined the ship Buenos Ayrean, and last Friday s while engaged working, he fell down the hold. The injuries he received were so serious that he succumbed in the course of the day. His body was buried at sea last Saturday. Deceased was 51 years of age, and was of a very quiet and inoffensive disposition. He was of great service in Cellardyke in being always ready to take the place of any fisherman who happened to be unwell.

Boys’ Brigade.—Under the auspices of the Y.M.C.A., a company of this Brigade has been formed in Cellardyke. Fully ninety boys are enrolled. The services of Mr John Trainer have been secured as drill instructor, and many able coadjutors are gathering around him.


BURGH COURT.—At the bar of East Anstruther Court on Friday—all the Magistrates on the bench —Thomas Anderson, fisherman, Cellardyke, was charged with striking P.C. Wright on the preceding Saturday night. He pled guilty, and after a few remarks by the Fiscal, and a pointed warning by Provost Anderson, accused was fined 10s 6d. Mrs Murray (Blyth), Cellardyke, was charged with assaulting her sister, Mrs Graham (Blyth), in the house of the latter, by catching her by the hair of the head and dragging her across the room and passage. Mrs Murray pled not guilty, and evidence was led. Mrs Graham detailed the circumstances of the assault, and added that a handful of hair which was pulled out had unfortunately been left at home. James, a son of Mrs Graham’s, corroborated, and P.C. Wright deponed to seeing the hair which had been hauled out; but Mrs James Wallace, a neighbour, who was also examined, had seen nothing although she heard a noise. The charge was held as proven. Accused finally admitted her guilt, and was fined 7s 6d. Both fines were paid.

CELLARDYKE. CONCERT. —On Saturday night a successful concert, in connection with the Mutual Improvement Association, was given in Forth Street Hall. A number of part songs were rendered by a choir under the leadership of Mr Bruce, and several soloists, by their efforts, added greatly to the enjoyment of the evening. Recitative pieces were also given.


Entertainment to the Old Folks – On Wednesday evening, the auld folks in Cellardyke Parish Church were entertained by the Bible Class to a social meeting in the Town Hall. Rev. Mr Ray presided over a large audience, and along with Mr James Smith gave a suitable address. Songs and recitations were given by a number of the members of the Bible Class. A most enjoyable evening was spent.


At a conference of Cellardyke fishermen this week Skipper John Carstairs was appointed a delegate to the East Coast Fishermen’s Conference to be held at Aberdeen on the 22nd inst. The delegate was instructed to vote for the close time of the herring fishing to extend from the end of April to the 10th of July. Skipper Gardener held it was high time the fishermen of Scotland were uniting to prevent everything being taken from them. It was once possible to get a living at their own doors, but now long voyages had to be made, and the trawlers were working Saturday and Sunday. The Fife fishermen wero being forced to compete with them on the Sunday or lose their situations. The old Scottish respect for the Sabbath, he added, was fast dying out. The delegate was instructed to bring up the subject at the conference, along with other questions.

On Sunday considerable stir was created at the harbour by the arrival of a Shields steam liner with flags flying. She came to Anstruther for the crew, who belong to Cellardyke, and whose captain is Skipper David Parker, to take their gear on board. During her stay in the harbour her appearance was contrasted with the other local vessels, and a good number of people were shown over her. She sailed on Tuesday for Shields, but in turning in the new harbour she sustained alight damage to her stem by striking the pier. (This was the Bernicia SN 199 launched in Leith earlier in the year, and was later lost with all her crew in 1900)

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At a meeting of Cellardyke Town Council, out of an application list of fully 30, Mr Bowie, a retired soldier, Cowdenbeath, was appointed to the vacant post of town officer. He will take up duties immediately.

The new pipe organ which has been obtained for Cellardyke Parish Church has now been put in the building, and will be used for the first, time on Sunday first. The organ is an exceedingly handsome instrument, and cost fully £600. The half of the total cost to borne by Mr Andrew Carnegie.


Cellardyke boat, the Lilias Scott, has had the honour of being top marker on one day with the fine catch of 120 cran

Hero Rewarded. –Yesterday evening, a Town Council meeting (Montrose), Provost Melvin presented Mr David Coull Nicol, Ferryden, with a Royal Humane Society’s certificate for having on 23rd Sept., at Scarborough, rescued a Cellardyke fisherman, David Stevenson, who fell into the sea, but who unfortunately died some time afterwards. Mr Nicol. being Glasgow, was represented by his father, who replied for his son.

THE COLLIESTON DISASTER. IMPRESSIVE FUNERAL AT TORRY. There was an impressive scene at Torry on Saturday afternoon when the funeral of John Burgoyne, aged about 30 years, fishery officer, under the Fishery Board of Scotland, at the Bay of Nigg Fish Hatchery, and of the brothers Andrew and William. Henderson, aged about 20 and 16 years respectively, sons of Mr and Mrs John Henderson, Menzies Road, Torry, took place. The greatest sympathy has been manifested in the community with Mr and Mrs Henderson in the loss of their two sons, who perished as the result of the wreck of the trawler Star of Hope, on the rocks at Collieston early on Tuesday morning, as also with Mrs Burgoyne, who has been left with a sixteen months-old son, and the attendance the seafaring class at the funeral was very large, a company of between 500 and 600 following the two hearses. (Andrew and William Henderson were sons of John Henderson, a Dyker who had moved to Aberdeen to work on the steam trawlers. John was brother to Andrew and Leslie Henderson.)


Mr James Miller, Shipbuilder, Anstruther, launched on Saturday a steam drifter to the order of Messrs Gardner, Cellardyke. The vessel was named the Maggies by the daughter of Skipper Philip Gardner, is 85ft in length, 18ft 6in in breadth and 8ft 6in in depth. The engines are to be fitted by Messrs John Cran and Co Leith. This is the second drifter Mr Miller has launched since September, and as showing the demand there is among fishermen for steam craft, he has orders on hand for another five of the same dimensions, at a cost of £2500 each.  The launch was success fully accomplished a little after two o’clock, and the vessel was afterwards moored in the inner harbour. The Maggies is of the same dimensions as the St Ayles . For Anstruther alone about a dozen new steam drifters are building or on order. The order for a drifter given by Mr Robert Melville, Cellardyke, has now been begun.

Maggies KY 138 on her sea trials

PORTGORDON— LAUNCH. —On Tuesday Mr W. Geddes launched a new drifter, named the Morning Star, for Mr David Watson & Sons, Cellardyke. There was a large crowd at the launch, and the sea was heavy. The launch was, however, successfully accomplished, the christening ceremony being gracefully performed by Miss Watson, daughter of the skipper. She was presented with a gold watch by the builder. The vessel is 85 ft. keel, 18 ft. 6 in. beam, and 9 ft. beam, and she will be engined in Aberdeen.

Morning Star KY 128 possibly when she first arrived in Anstruther

CELLARDYKE. RETURN OF FISHWORKERS. —Yesterday morning the last batch of the fishworkers who have been employed at Yarmouth and Lowestoft came home. They have had but a poor season, as the great demand for fresh herring have dispensed with the need of their services to a great extent.


Kilrenny Town Council. -—Being a fishing community, the election Town Councillors for Kilrenny takes place in December. On Friday night nomination meeting was held under the chairmanship Provost Black. The following were nominated for the three vacancies: —George Black, baker; Robert Forsyth, teacher; James Fortune, draper; and Alex. Smith, jun., carter. The Provost indicated work done the Council during the past year in the better lighting of the town and the improvement in the sanitary conditions. He declined make any remarks on the water question except that the Council were prepared to defend their existing rights at Lochty to the very end. Questioned about the harbour at Cellardyke, the Provost said that if the fishermen gave the Council a guarantee that they would use the harbour even as a storage for their boats during the laying-up season and paid £2 each they would have booms put on the harbour mouth, but until they got revenue, they could not pay back any the loans they got from the fishermen and others. Two fishermen were appointed to wait on the fishermen and try and get twenty lay up their boats and pay for the season each, and report the Council.

Portgordon Launch– On Tuesday at 2.30 Mr Geddes set afloat successfully another drifter of similar dimensions, and also a counterpart of the former vessel in painting and decoration—black with brown underbody relieved by gold lines. This drifter, named the Ivy, is owned by Messrs James Smith, Wm. Gardner, and Thomas Murray, fishermen, Cellardyke. The christening ceremony was performed, before a goodly company, by Miss M. Smith, Cellardyke, who was made the recipient by the builder of a gold watch. The Ivy was taken to Portgordon harbour to await towing to Aberdeen, where she will have her engines installed by Messrs Clyne, Mitchell & Co. (Actually named Heidra which means Ivy  KY 276)

Yesterday afternoon the two new drifters Laurel Bank and Ivy left for Dundee and Aberdeen in tow of the drifters Gowan and Daisy. They are away to be engined. Only half a mile separated both the pairs of vessels at sea.

Portgordon Fishing Boat Owner Sued –  Yesterday at Edinburgh Lord Salvesen closed the record and ordered proof in two actions by Peter Lindoe, Haugesund, Norway, owner of the screw steamer Adria, against W. Geddes, 13 East High Street, Portgordon, of the boat Strathlene, and W. Reid, Cellardyke, owner of the boat Elsie Reid. Each defender is sued for £65. The pursuer’s vessel was leaving Peterhead Harbour at 2 p.m. on 26th June last when despite whistling she was run into by defenders’ boats and sustained damage on the port bow. The defenders deny that the Adria’s whistle was blown, and say that no notice was given to them, by signal or otherwise, that the harbour entrance was blocked. Owing to the configuration of the harbour of Peterhead, it is impossible for anyone approaching from the eastward to see the entrance till they are close to it, and the entrance is very narrow. The fault, it is therefore maintained, was on the part of those in charge of the Adria.


Anstruther Town Council …There was the steam drifter question, and in Anstruther that class of boat was getting supplied with water and were wasting it, while the inhabitants here had not enough to drink. There should be some regulation about the drifters getting water. He understood that most of them did not belong to the place at all. Mr Garvie asked if he understood Mr Birrell to mean that as the great bulk of the fishermen belonged to Cellardyke and paid no rates to the Joint Water area, he was in favour of Anstruther Harbour being supplied from Cellardyke. Mr Birrell said he meant that they should not get water when the people were needing it. He fully supported Provost Porter’s contention on that point. Mr T. P. J. Nicolson did not think that Pittenweem had any right to supply Anstruther Harbour at all, and considered that the Cellardyke people should get their water from Kilrenny. The Joint Water Committee should take into serious consideration the necessity of cutting off the supply from the harbour altogether.

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Ex Pupil Teacher (Female) wanted for Cellardyke Public School, Salary £40, Applications stating qualification with testimonials, to be lodged on or before 6th December with Provost Thomson, Cellardyke, Chairman of Kilrenny School board

THE HARBOUR IMPROVEMENT FUND CONCERTS. The first of a series of entertainments for Cellardyke Harbour Fund was held in the Town Hall, Cellardyke, last Friday, when a most enjoyable evening was spent. The Hall was crowded to its utmost, and Mr Robert Melville, occupied the chair. A first-rate programme was gone through. Solos were sung by Misses Hepburn and Rennie, and by Messrs Harris and Wood— Miss Mary Melville being the accompanist. The comic songs sung by Mr Harris took exceptionally well, and he had on both occasions to respond to encores. Mr Alex. Watson also contributed two violin solos in his usual efficient manner. A humorous reading was given by Mr James Fortune, and the two recitations by Mr Peter Smith, was listened to with great interest. Encores were demanded from all the performers, and a most successful and enjoyable entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem. Judging from the enthusiasm displayed by the audience and from the large numbers present, it augurs well for the future meetings of this class, which are to be held every Friday evening through the winter.

BOATBUILDING Pittenweem. —The remaining bauldie which Mr Fulton had on hand has just been disposed of to a Fisherrow owner. This one, along with the one sold the previous week, were both launched on Tuesday this week. From the same yard there is to be launched in the end of the present week, two large deep-sea boats built to the order of Skipper Alex. Hughes (Irvine), Abbey Road, and Skipper John Watson (Salter). Cellardyke, respectively.


BRAVE FIFE FISHERMAN. HANDSOME REWARD FOR HEROIC CONDUCT. To-day at Yarmouth the Mayor announced the Police Court that h« had received a vellum certificate of the Royal Humane Society and silver hunter watch specially subscribed for presentation James Patterson Wallace of Cellardyke, and belonging the Kirkcaldy fishing boat Morning Star, who a short time since plunged into the harbour, though wearing heavy sea clothing, and saved a boy who drowning. Wallace was not present, and Mr Former, salesman, said the boat sailed Sunday. The Mayor directed the awards be forwarded to the Provost at Anstruther for public presentation to Mr Wallace.

BOATBUILDING ORDERS (Millers Anstruther yard)—The new boat on the stocks at the shipbuilding yard is to be launched by Mr Miller next week.  (This was sold to Skipper Pratt, Cellardyke) Another two orders for large boats 68feet in length, have been secured by Mr Miller, one for Skipper David Brown, Cellardyke, and the other for Shetland, the latter to be smack rigged, for which class there is a strong demand in Shetland. The carpenters are thus assured of full employment for some time to come.


The Gale – From 12 until 3 o’clock it made a clean sweep over every pier in our neighbourhood, as if nothing lay in its way, and the noise which it made among the rocks of our iron-bound shore was frightful. We hear that a part of the pier of has been damaged. Three fishing boats belonging to Cellardyke, which were lying at Craignoon, were dashed to pieces. They were the properties of David Watson, John Pratt, and Alexander Scott. John Carstairs lost two large sails, about 90 yards in each of them. A great many masts, oars, and others articles belonging the fishermen have also been swept away, and about 90 yards of the new bulwarks of Cellardyke harbour greatly damaged.


Mission Yacht Albatross – UNITED SPECIAL MISSION, CONDUCTED BY W. F. STEWART And CREW of the “ALBATROSS,” In Cellardyke Town Hall, ON SABBATH. 6th Dec. at 7.45, Week Nights at 7.30. All welcome, Yacht Hymns

LAUNCHES ON THE TYNE. There was launched from the Shipbuilding Yard of Smith’s Dock Company, Limited, North Shields, on Thursday, three finely modelled steel steam herring drifters the following dimensions: 82ft. by 18it. 3 inches. by 9ft. 1in. They have been built under Lloyd’s special survey to obtain the highest-class A.1., will with compound engines 12in., and 10in, stroke, supplied by W. V, V. Lidgerwood, of Coatbridge, fitted by the Shields Engineering Company, Limited, of North Shields. They have been built specially for the Scotch herring fishing and will be equipped with all the latest improvements for such vessels. The names the vessels are the Emily Reaich, Nina, and Vanguard III. The first two are built to the order of Provost W. H. Leask, Peterhead, and the latter, which was christened by Miss Hastie, of North Shields, to the order of Messrs Martin Gardner & Sons, of Cellardyke.

Vanguard III KY 693


CELLARDYKE. Town and Parish Councils. — A nomination meeting for the Town and Parish Councils of Kilrenny took place in the Town Hall, Cellardyke, on Tuesday evening. The retiring members of the Parish Council were all re-elected with the exception of Provost Black, who refused to stand, and are—Messrs Ray, Leslie, Barbour, J. Downey, and Gardiner. The three vacancies in the Town Council were filled up by the retiring members, who are—Messrs G. M. Black, J. Clark, and W. Dewar.

CELLARDYKE. A Burgh Court also took place last Friday in Cellardyke, the presiding Magistrate being Provost Black and Bailie Butters. The cases before them were all relating to carters leaving their carts standing on the public streets longer than was necessary for the loading or unloading of goods. The persons charged were Messrs J. Hodge, A. Blyth, R. Christie, G. Pattie, but a certificate was road from Dr Wilson stating that Blyth was unable to attend Court through illness

ACTION AGAINST KILRENNY TOWN COUNCIL THE, CELLARDYKE HARBOUR EXTENSION. In Cupar Sheriff Court last Thursday, Sheriff Armour closed the record, and ordered parties to be heard on 8th December, in an action raised against Kilrenny Town Council, being the authority for Cellardyke harbour, by Messrs Adam Co., contractors, Glasgow, for the balance due on their account ender the contract for work at the harbour amounting to £116 5s 9d, the sum of £13 for lighting the harbour, and £217 12s of additional claims. The pursuers state what their offer for the work was made on 7th April 1902, and in terms of the specification it was to be completed within six months. In making their offer the pursuers anticipated that they would be allowed to proceed with the work at once, and would thus have had the advantage of the summer months and the possibility of fair weather. The engineer on 16th April 1902 intimated that their offer had been accepted, and they continually asked that they should be allowed to proceed with the work, but they did not receive a formal acceptance until 9th June, and were not allowed to start till 30th June 1902. The work was net completed till 31st December 1903, but about a month was spent in executing work not in the original contract. Had they been allowed to start within a reasonable time of their making their offer they would in all probability have been able to complete the work within the time stipulated. Owing, however, to a delay of more than three mouths, they lest the best part of the summer, and were thrown into the winter, during which they had to contend with unusually bad weather. The Council admit that the offer by the pursuers was made on the date specified, and that they were told that the Council on April 14th 1902, had unanimously resolved to accept it. But they were also told that the offer could only be accepted subject to the consent of the Fishery Board being obtained, which was not got till June 6th, and a formal acceptance by the engineer was sent them on 9th June, when they were requested to proceed at once with the works. The pursuers did not ask that the period of six months stipulated in the contract should be extended, and the contract was entered into and accepted on the footing that the harbour works would be executed within the time named. The contract contained no weather clause, and the pursuers undertook all risk of delay arising through unfavourable weather or otherwise. They took the whole of the year 1903, in addition to the six months of 1902, to complete the work. The pursuers say that when signing the contract, they pointed out to Messrs Jamieson & Guthrie, that owing to delay in starting the job, it would be impossible to complete it to time, and these gentlemen assured them that the time clause would not be insisted on. During the progress of the work the engineer made several alterations in the original plans. These necessitated considerable additional work, and the carrying out of certain portions under entirely altered conditions in a manner not expected by either of the parties when the contract was entered upon. Some of these alterations were made after the expiry of the six months within which the contract ought to have been completed. The defenders admit the alterations, but say they are usual in the execution of harbour works or undertakings of the like nature. By the conditions of the contract, they, or their engineer, were to have full power to make such alterations on the form, dimensions, and arrangement of the works as they might see fit during their progress, and that such should in no way invalidate the contract, but should be deemed a part thereof.

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CELLARDYKE. School Board

A meeting of this body took place last night, Provost. Black presiding. The Rev. Jas. Ray, Messrs Swinton and Thomson were also present. The officer reported a percentage of attendance of 89 for Cellardyke and 92 for Kilrenny Schools. A letter was read from Miss McLaughlan, resigning her position as assistant in Kilrenny School. The Chairman said they should leave it over for a time, as the whole question of the staff might have to be considered if Mr Smith left. to join the Forces. Mr Smith had called on him, stating that he was quite willing to go. Should that take place his idea that Kilrenny School should be closed and Mr Forsyth brought down. The Rev. Mr Hay was afraid that such an arrangement might get them into trouble with the Department. They could not say they were unable to make any other arrangement. The Chairman—We can say that it is the easiest way for us. It was agreed to delay filling up the vacancy. The Clerk (Mr H. H. Soutar,) read a letter from the Department agreeing to allow the grant for the Continuation Class in English, which had been discontinued owing to the small attendance. The Scottish Band of Hope Union wrote asking permission to give lectures on temperance to the scholars, and inviting the members of the Board to the lectures. Mr Ray—You would think there was some need for us to attend. (Laughter.) The Chairman—Mr Smith could give a temperance lecture himself, or Mr Soutar even. (Laughter.) It was agreed to refuse permission. It was agreed to allow Mr Forsyth permission to start a soup kitchen in December, and instructed him to have the swing in the playground removed as it was in a defective condition. The Board’s bank book stood creditor £21 9s 9d.

KILRENNY. Mr James Cairns son of the Laird, leaves tomorrow to take up military duty with the Army Service Corps, in which he has obtained a commission.

Mr Herbert Russell has been appointed official recruiter by the Admiralty for East and West Anstruther and Cellardyke.

Sudden Death.—Mrs Wm. Anderson, a widow, died with tragic suddenness early on Saturday morning at her residence in Caiman’s Wynd (Pittenweem). On Friday evening she was engaged in baiting a line, when she complained of not feeling well, and the medical aid of Dr Wilson, Anstruther was summoned. The deceased, who was 6o years of age, was a native of Cellardyke, and was respected by all with whom she came in contact. She leaves a grown-up family of four daughters.

Private Robert Dunsire of the machine gun section of the 13th Royal Scots is awarded the VC Although he belonged to Denbeath the newspapers report his Cellardyke connections as his wife Kate Pitt was daughter of  Dyker John Pitt who had a general merchant’s shop in Denbeath.  

Mr Thos. Gilmour. son of Mrs Gilmour, West Forth Street, Cellardyke, has been granted a commission as 1st Lieutenant, R.N.R.

Soldier Dies at Home. Private John Doig, late of the 1/7th Black Watch, and son of Mr Thos. Doig, Rodger Street, died on Saturday in his father’s house. The deceased was with the local Company of the Black Watch at Kinghorn, and while in training there developed unexpected weaknesses. To his regret, he was unable to accompany the rest of his comrades to France, and received his discharge on account of ill health not long after their departure for the front. He was buried in Kilrenny Churchyard on Tuesday, the obsequies being attended by Captain C. H. Maxwell and Privates Boyter and Elliot of the 1/7th Black Watch, Private Carstairs, Gordon Highlanders, and T. Tarvit, RN., The soldiers and sailor carrying the coffin from the hearse to the graveside.

Natives Death in Aberdeen. — Information arrived here on Monday night of the death of Mr James Watson, son of the late Mr Thos. Watson (Martin), at his residence in Aberdeen, The deceased, who was a native of Cellardyke, left this district a good few years ago, and carried on his calling as skipper of a trawler from Aberdeen, but to many fishermen from the East Neuk his death will come as a personal loss. He was familiarly known as “Hawley,” and his home in Aberdeen welcomed many of the fishermen from Cellardyke while they prosecuted the North fishing. Before he left this district he was identified with the social life of the town, and took a keen interest in Y.M.C.A. and Christian Endeavour, and he was also a member of the Baptist Church. He is survived by a widow and grown-up family, for whom much sympathy is being expressed. The funeral took place this afternoon to Kilrenny Churchyard from the Baptist hall, where the remains had rested for the night.


Leven  -An application from Martin & Co., oilskin manufacturers, Cellardyke, for permission to lay the electric cable under the road to their new factory at Glenlyon Road received the assent of the Council.

Sphagnum Moss. – It is satisfactory to learn that since the picking of Sphagnum moss was commenced at Cellardyke there has been a larger turn-out of workers, and that 341 bags of picked moss have been despatched from there. The Treasurer (Mr C. Gardner) has just received acknowledgment for the last consignment, which the headquarters say was very well picked. It is also stated that during the last four months over 160,000 dressings have been supplied in response to War Office requisitions. The Committee further express a hope that the various workers will continue their help throughout the coming winter, and if possible, increase their numbers, in order to cope with the ever-increasing demands from War Hospitals. A large stock of Sphagnum moss has been laid in for the winter’s work, sufficient for a largely augmented staff of workers.


Canadian Falls. Another promising young man connected with Cellardyke has fallen. On Saturday, intimation was received that Gunner John Bayne Brown, of the Machine Gun Section of the Canadian Royal Field Artillery, was killed in action on the 9th of October. He is the second son of Mr Thos. Brown, builder, Alberta, Canada, late of Cellardyke. Prior to the war, Gunner Brown was engaged as a joiner in Canada. He was 33 years of age, and had been over a year in France.

Another Cellardyke Casualty. —Official confirmation has now been received as to the death of Private Alex. Boyter, of the Black Watch, letters having now come to hand from Adjutant Glen and Lieut. Philip 0. Ray, stating that he had died on 19th October from wounds sustained in action in a bomb raid, and expressive of sympathy with the family in their bereavement. Private Boyter, who was 22 years of age, was the third son of Mrs Boyter, Rodger Street., and it is about two years since he enlisted in the Black Watch. Prior to that he was a plasterer with Mr Williamson. His father was a fisherman, and was drowned at sea about 16 years ago.


Further meetings of local Tribunals were held in Cellardyke, East-Anstrutber, and Crail on Monday afternoon and evening, the Military representative at each being Major Sibley.

CELLARDYKE. The meeting at, Cellardyke was held in the Council Room, the members of the Tribunal present being–Provost Black (presiding), Councillors Laverock and Bett, and Mr D. Bruce.

The first case called was that of John Bett, fisherman, Fowler Street, and the military assenting, conditional exemption was granted.

James Watson (25), fisherman, John Street, claimed exemption on the ground of ill-health, it being stated that while at work at the Forth Bridge he overstrained his heart. Major Sibley stated that he would have to undergo medical examination. The appeal was continued to see if arrangement. could be made for a medical examination.

John A. Scott (32), grocer, George Street, appealed for conditional exemption, it being stated that he was engaged in a certified occupation, and that he was rejected under the Derby scheme. This was not assented to by the military.

In answer to Major Sibley, appellant stated that his father was going back and forward attending to the business, but that he was not able to give it. constant supervision. He had two girls, but both were at school.

The Provost—It is not easy getting girls just now.

Major Sibley—They can be got somewhere; and it is not a certified occupation now.

Conditional exemption was claimed for Andrew Donaldson (36), baker, Burnside Terrace, it being stated that he was suffering from cardiac, a certificate being given by a doctor. He was in the employment of his brother, James Donaldson, baker, who also claimed exemption for him on the ground that he could not continue to carry on his business without his brother’s assistance.

Mr D. Cook, solicitor, stated that this was a double application, and he considered that it was a strong enough case for conditional exemption. One of the old established bakery businesses in Cellardyke had already been closed for want of hands, and it would come to be very hard on the community if this one were also to be closed.

Major Sibley—ln some populations there is more over-lapping than there should be. There are a tremendous number of bakers in Fife, more in proportion to the population than there is elsewhere. Mr Laverock said that conditional exemptions had been granted in cases that were not more deserving of it than this, and that this should be treated as others.

Major Sibley—Baking is an essential business for women. When they can make bread at home and do similar work at munitions, there is no reason why they should not do it at bakeries.

Conditional exemption was granted. At this point Provost Black vacated the chair, which was taken by Councillor Laverock, and claimed conditional exemption for William Tarvit Bowman, who was a foreman in the oil skin manufactory of A. Black & Co He stated that it was a certified occupation, and that it was impossible to get men to do the work that was required. Bowman already had three sons with the colours, and offering himself under the Derby Scheme he was then rejected. If every family in the country had given the same in proportion, it would have been different with the Army to-day. Owing to the want of hands, contracts bad been greatly delayed. Major Sibley said that military doctors were passing men that would not have been passed twelve months ago. It could not be said that men who had been rejected before were now absolutely unfit. Exemption was granted for three months.


The steam drifter Innergellie (KY. 609), which belonged to Mr James Muir, Cellardyke has purchased Mr Alex. Smith, Portessie, Moray Firth, for the sum of £2190. She is 90 feet in length, of 100 gross tonnage, and it is about 20 years since she was built.

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GOLDEN WEDDING. Watson—Moncrieff. —At 38 George Street, Cellardyke, on 18th November, 1850 ( should this be 1860?), by the Rev. Alex. Gregory, Anstruther, William Watson, fisherman, to Lucy Moncrieff, daughter of Robert Moncrieff, fisherman, Cellardyke. Present Address, 5 Shore Street, Cellardyke.

MR DUNCAN MILLAR’S TRAWLLNG BILL. Mr Duncan Millar’s Illegal Trawling Bill is (says a London correspondent) evidently receiving a great deal of support in the fishing towns on the East Coast. He has just presented a petition in its favour from fishermen in St Andrews, Crail, and Cellardyke, and I believe that petitions to the same effect are coming from Arbroath, Johnshaven, Ferryden. and Gourdon. There is, therefore, no doubt that this measure has the general support of the fisher population.


A letter was read from the Local Government Board stating that in a report from the General Superintendent of the Poor on a recent visit to Cellardyke, it was stated that the books were properly posted and the clerical work of the Inspector’s office well done. This was considered very satisfactory. After passing several accounts the Council adjourned.


DAIRY STOCK &c., FOR SALE. There will be sold by Public Roup at the DAIRY, TOLBOOTH ROAD, CELLARDYKE, on FRIDAY, 24th November, the whole Stock, Implements etc., belonging to the Estate of MR ALEXANDER MCFADYBAN, Cellardyke, consisting of:—16 Cows, (some newly calved and mostly in full milk), 1Horse, 2 Pigs, 1Milk cart, 1 Cart, Harness, and usual Dairy and Stable Utensils. Roup to commence at 2 O’clock, afternoon. Fifeshire Auction Co., Ltd., Ladybank, Auctioneers. Rodger Street, Anstruther, 16th November, 1911,


CELLARDYKE FIREMAN’S BODY FOUND AT YARMOUTH. Intelligence was received in Anstruther yesterday that the body John Watson, Cellardyke, fireman on the Cellardyke steam drifter Guerdon, who went amissing about three weeks ago, had been found in the river.

Although an inquest was held at the Mariner’s Refuge, Gorleston, upon the body of John Watson, aged 27, fireman on the Kirkcaldy steam drifter Guerdon, which was recovered from Yarmouth Harbour after he had been for three weeks, no real light has been shed upon his fate. He had lived with his mother, a widow, Cellardyke, and, according to the skipper of the Guerdon, Adam Reid, he left his vessel on the night of October 18 to on shore for the evening, and never returned to her. Adam Reid, son of the skipper said he met deceased in King Street, Yarmouth at 10.15 p.m.. more than an hour after he had left the Guerdon, and he was not the worse for drink, but the night was dark and thick with rain, and as the Guerdon was the fourth boat off the quay, Watson might make a slip getting on board. No cry was heard during the night, and deceased never came board again. On his body being searched by policeman, he stated he found nothing in his pockets. The Coroner said there was no evidence to show how or where deceased got into the river, but was most probable he stumbled and fell when getting to his boat from the quay. An open verdict of “Found drowned ” was recorded.


In the Yarmouth Court on Saturday, it was announced that the action which should have been heard by Judge Wilmot, in which the skipper and crew of the Cellardyke boat, Unity, (Skipper D. Corstorphine) claimed for salvage services rendered on October 10th, in the North Sea, to the drifter Scots Greys, had been privately settled! The terms of settlement have not transpired, but it is stated the sum is substantial. ( Scots Greys KY 52 was another Cellardyke Boat owned by the Betts of Fowler Street, the boat was lost)

Unity KY 162 – Alex Stevenson at the bow, and Alex Stevenson Jnr by the Wheelshouse


Death Notice

Sutherland- At 2 Carmelite Street, Aberdeen, the 16th inst . James Sutherland, trawl fisherman, late Cellardyke, aged years—deeply regretted. Funeral Wednesday the 19th inst., at 2-30 p.m. St Peter’s Cemetery. All friends please accept this (the only) intimation and invitation.

CELLARDYKE. SCHOOL SOCIAL and DANCE—On Friday evening, the annual social and dance promoted by the Headmaster and staff of Cellardyke school was held. There a very large company present, the largest since the inception of the social. The room were magnificently decorated and gave ample tribute to the artistic energies of the staff. Prior to the commencement of a varied and excellent concert, Mr Barbour welcomed those present and hoped they would all have an enjoyable evening. The programme consisted of a piano duet by Misses Calder and Pattullo; song, ‘Promise Me’ by Miss Travis; recitation, ‘Soliloquy of a chicken’ by Miss Cattanach; Sword dance by Mr J. D. Lawson; song ‘Hush-a-by Birdy,’ by Miss McMeekin; Sketch by Mr and Mrs Maxwell; song ‘Because’ by Mr James Wood; violin solo by Mr Fred Higgins; duet, ‘The Elfin Call’ Misses Rennie and Travis. Dancing was afterwards engaged in Mr Macfarlane discharging the duties of M. C. in a very efficient and energetic manner. The dance music was played by Mrs McPherson, Dundee, while the purveying was daintily attended to by Messrs D. Black & Son, Cellardyke. From beginning to end, the function most successfully and enjoyable.

CELLARDYKE FISHERMAN DROWNED While on Passage from Yarmouth to Anstruther. Intelligence was received in Anstruther today of the drowning of Cellardyke fisherman, John Wilson, one of the crew of the Shields steam drifter Baden Powell while a voyage from Yarmouth to Anstruther. The vessel put into Shields, and intelligence was sent to Anstruther of the accident. Deceased, who was about 55 years of age leaves a widow and a family.


OUR WOUNDED “POSTIE.” Private D. Brown, Black Watch, the Cellardyke “Postie” who was wounded and invalided home, left yesterday for the Perth Headquarters, where he had to report himself. Although Private Brown has been steadily improving, it is questionable as to whether he is yet fit or service. While in the fighting line, Private Brown had more narrow escapes from death On one occasion he had been told of to prepare tea for his Company. Leaving the “dixie” for a few moments, and while only a short distance away, a shell landed right in the “dixie,” which was shattered and scattered. On another occasion, he was sitting in one of the trenches, with his legs crossed. A large piece of shell landed right in between his legs, and made a deep hole in the ground, but he was untouched. To his regret, Private Brown never took part in a bayonet charge, although like many of his comrades he would have been glad of the opportunity of getting to close quarters with the enemy. In addition to the names already published of those from Cellardyke now serving in the Forces, we have to add those of George Hodge (Bowman), lst Class Petty Officer, H.M.S. Patrol, and Private Harry A. Bowman, 7th Black Watch (Territorials). From West Anstruther there is Leading Seaman James Smith, H.M.S. Warrior, a son of Mr James Smith, West Anstruther.

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NEW BAKING ESTABLISHMENT. THOMAS SWINTON, BAKER, CELLARDYKE, respectfully informs the Public of that place and District, that he has now Opened that Shop, 25 Shore Street, Cellardyke, for so long tenanted by Mr Alex. Donaldson, where he intends to carry on the Business of a BAKER in all its various branches. T. S. trusts that, by bestowing careful attention on his business, and selling Goods of the finest quality, he may receive a share of public support.

GREAT TERM SALE BOOTS, SHOES, AND SLIPPERS ALEX. WILSON’S, 31 JAMES STREET. CELLARDYKE. HAVING just received delivery of First Consignment of his AUTUMN and WINTER STOCK, A. W. desires to call the attention of his numerous Customers and the Public generally to the excellent value he is able to offer them. For extent, variety, and excellence of quality his Stock is unsurpassed in the East of Fife and Customers will find it much to their advantage to call and examine the same before purchasing elsewhere.

Undernoted are a few of my leading lines: —

Ladies’ Dress Slippers, from 1/11—extra value.

Ladies’ Strong Elastic Sided Boots, from 3/6 to 7/6.

Ladies’ Buttoned Kid Boots, from 6/9 to 13/6.

Ladies’ Kid Load Boots, from 7/6 to 12/6.

Ladies’ Lorne Shoes, from 4/8 to 6/6.

Ladies’ Strong Laced Boots, from 5/6 to 9/6.

Gent’s Dress Shoes, 7/6.

Gent’s Dress Boots, 10/6.

Gent’s Lorne Shoes, from 6/6to 12/6.

Gent’s E. S. Boots, 6 /6, 7/6, and 8/6—extra value.

Gent’s Strong E. S. Boots 9/6 to 17/6.

Gent’s Lacing Boots, from 7/6 to 16/6.

Navvies’ Strong Waterproof Boots, from 7/6.

Boys’ and Girls’ School Boots, from 2/9.

Ladies’ House Slippers, from 10 ½ d per pair.

Ladies’ House Boots, from 2/9 per pair.

Children’s Boots and Slippers in endless varieties, from 6 ½ d per pair.

To Fishermen. Sea Boots, Long, H and Made, extra value, from 30/.

Fishermen’s Wellington Boots, extra value, from 9/6.

Fishermen’s Blutcher Boots extra value, from 5/6.

Boots and Shoes Repaired on the shortest notice, at the following reduced prices:—

Ladies’ Boots or Shoes Soled & Heeled, from 1/9 p. pr.

Gents Boots or Shoes, Soled & Heeled, from 2/6


An Early Call respectfully solicited.


On Saturday morning, the dead body of Elisabeth Jack or Thomson, wife of James Thomson, fisherman, Cellardyke, was found at the bottom of the deep cliff of rocks at the Billowness ‘ at a point right below the Kirklatch. Deceased had gone to Pittenweem the previous night, but little is known as to the hour at which the accident occurred. It is supposed, however, that on her way home at a late hour she mistook the May light for some other, and had wandered off the public road and walked over the cliff, which is fully 60 feet high. Death must have been instantaneous. A young man, residing in West Anstruther, was taking a walk over the Billowness, when he saw the body lying among the rocks. He lost no time in communicating with the police, who soon arrived at the spot. The body was examined by Dr Flaxman, Pittenweem who found that the neck and other parts had been broken by the fall, and it was afterwards conveyed to Cellardyke. Mrs Thomson was about fifty-five years of age, and was well known in the district. (another paper suggests this was suicide and that she stated to her sister on leaving the house at Pittenweem that “she would never see her alive again”)


A Singular Adventure

Alexander Cunningham and Family in Australia

The Melbourne mail has just brought some interesting details to the East of Fife. This is especially the case with regard to that Robinson Crusoe of our day—Captain Alex. Cunningham, late Anstruther (Cellardyke Boat Builder), who, with no one so much to turn the grindstone or blow the bellows, built and launched the tidy little trader of 70 tons, which now navigates all alone between Swan River and the city. The little smack sailed with as many loads of timber on the 2nd September. “You ought to wear a life-belt,” said an old Cellardyke acquaintance, William Doig, to the Captain. A joyous laugh was the only  answer as the mainsail filled to the breeze, and like a bird on the wing, the little craft flew on the moonlight sea till by-and-by the treacherous calm was succeeded by a dreadful typhoon. But the presence of mind, as well ingenuity, of the Captain did not forsake him. His anchors were the sport of the storm, but he prepared a novel kind of drag by fastening iron bolts into many lengths of chain so as to hold like birds’ claws on the bottom. But where is the human arm that can fight the hurricane? And the Captain could only wait, as the brave man waits for his doom, till he was so far roused by the clang of the breakers on the reef. He tried, as sailors say, first to stay and then to wear, but the canvas flew like gossamer out of the bolt ropes. Another lurch and the surf hissed in his ear. He turned to for the last time on sea and sky, when—No!—Yes !— there, under lee of the mainsail on the starboard side, was the red buoy on Coles Bank. It was far to windward, but I can at least try, he thought, and with an energy born of despair he threw his grapnel.  A wild cheer almost escaped his lips, for singular to tell one of the claws had caught the iron ring in the neck of the buoy which, scarce breathing the while with his critical task, he drew near as to fasten the smack securely with hawser and chain. But new terror flushed his mind. Was it possible that the moorings of the buoy could stand the fearful ordeal to which they were now exposed, and so as one on the brink of with the spindrift flying in drenching showers over his head, he waited for hours till, providentially, the gale blowing past, he recovered his tackle, and bore away the voyage. But this is not all. He arrived in such a fortunate turn of the market as to sell his cargo at the profit of 100 per cent.


CELLARDYKE FOOTBALL MATCH AT LOWESTOFT—CAXTON CLUB v. CELLARDYKE BLUE JACKETS (SCOTCH Fishermen) –This match, played at Beccles on Saturday last, was a very hard-fought struggle from start to finish. It was seen from the play of the few Blue Jackets, who assisted Lowestoft the week before, that their whole team would be a hard nut to crack; and so it proved, they being a most dashing lot, and their kicking and ” heading ” extremely good. Caxton had three other games going at the same time, and this would seem to point to the fact that they had a strong team in the field. A glance at the teams, however, will show that quite half a dozen of the leading players were absent and to add to this an unwarrantable and unsportsmanlike “call off” at the last moment hampered Caxton considerably, a back having to be taken from the second team to fill the vacancy. The finish of the first half saw Caxton leading by a goal (kicked by Hockey), and the second had some way advanced before the fishermen equalised matters. Their success caused them to play up with even greater dash than before. Twenty minutes before time they had a goal to the good, and some sharp play near the home goal later on enabled them to score again. The game thus ended in a victory for the Blue Jackets by three goals to one. With about one exception both teams played well. Blue Jackets team—J. Smith, J. Watson, T. Faulkner, D. Doig, T. Doig, forwards; W. Sutherland, J. Cunningham, D. Moncrieff, half backs ; A. Thompson (captain), J. Wilson backs ; M Doig, goal


LEAVING FOR AUSTRALIA. —On Wednesday, Mr James Cunningham, fisherman, Cellardyke, his family, and his son-in-law, Henry Gardiner, left Anstruther station for Australia. A large number of their friends turned out to bid them farewell. Among those present were Provost Martin, Messrs H. Brown, D. Black, C. Carstairs, J. McLeod, and the other teachers at present at home of Forth Street Hall Sunday School. Previous to the train starting, the hymn ” God be with you till we meet again,” was heartily sung. Mr Cunningham replied, and thanked them for turning out to wish him and his family good-bye. He sincerely re-echoed the wish of the hymn just sung.

James Thomson, fish cadger, and James Robertson, fisher, Anstruther, were accused before the magistrates of Cellardyke on Friday with a contravention of the Lindsay Act, in so far as they piled a heap of seaware in James Street, and so obstructed the thoroughfare on the last day of October. They pleaded guilty, and as a warning to others, were fined 5i each, or 7 days in jail.