Down Memory Lane

Dalkeith in the early 1900s
Dalkeith in the early 1900s

Now we move on to May. There was the report of an accident to a child.

A young lad by the name of Hirkess, of Young’s Close, was trying to knock down the stopper of a lemonade bottle with an iron nail, when the bottle exploded and a piece of glass struck his younger sister, cutting her severely on the throat. Dr Lucas and the nurse were soon on the scene, but the girl was still in a critical condition and her recovery was in doubt. She must have survived, because later editions made no mention of her.

Now, back to smells again. On the 16th, a letter in the Advertiser said: “I would like to draw the attention of the Sanitary Committee to the advisability of distributing a more liberal supply of disinfectants at the public toilets. If any members had crossed the High Street at the top of Old Edinburgh Road on Sunday, their olfactory organs would suggest that there was something very far wrong!!!”.

Tuesday, May 26, was Term Day, the day when the rentals and leases of shops and houses were renewed. Several shopkeepers in Dalkeith took the opportunity to move to new premises, although the Advertiser noted that there was now a few empty shops in Dalkeith. Term Day was also the date when farm workers moved from one job to another. The Advertiser stated that there was an unusually heavy exchange of farm hands this term, and the town was busy with many of them passing through on their way to their new jobs.

Electric Light

At the beginning of May, a notice published by the Board of Trade appeared in the Advertiser, stating that Parliament had given permission for Crompton & Co. of London to supply electrical energy to the Burgh of Dalkeith for public and private purposes. Crompton had informed the Town Council in 1900 that they intended to introduce electric light at their own expense, with the option for the council to purchase the equipment at a later date.

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