Band needs help to keep it ‘maintained’
Published at 21:36, Wednesday, 02 May 2012
ABOUT eight o’clock on the morning of Thursday week, Andrew Wright, a workman employed at the Distillery here, when attempting to turn a tap by reaching over a revolving shaft, was caught by the clothes, whirled round by the shaft, and forced through a space between the shaft and a beam, about 18 inches in width, whereby one of his legs was broken in two places, one of his arms dislocated at the shoulder joint, the shoulder bone was also broken, and he sustained a most severe wound on the head, with other injuries on different parts of his body.
Medical aid was quickly procured, Dr Carlyle and Dr Brown being promptly in attendance, but it proved of no avail. So fearfully was the sufferer injured, that he expired in about three hours.
Langholm town band
We would draw the attention of our readers to the advertisement appearing in our columns of the Town Band accounts.
The band is doing exceedingly well under the efficient tuition of their conductor, Mr C. Brown.
During the past year they have met for practice 132 times, and have fulfilled 8 engagements, besides giving programmes throughout the town at various times in the course of the year.
This is the time when the annual collection on behalf of the funds is made, and it is hoped the public will contribute as liberally as in past years, so that the Band may be maintained in good form.
The collector, Mr T. W. Fletcher, will call on householders at an early date.
Pole vault record
Langholm pole vaulter, David Stevenson, broke the ground record for the pole vault in the Glasgow University v Edinburgh University athletics contest at Westerlands on Saturday, with a clearance of 12 feet 8 inches, four inches better than the previous best.
At the recent indoor athletics in London, when a British team met a German team, the Langholm vaulter achieved his personal best with a clearance of 13 feet 3 inches.
According to the daily press Dave Tork, 27 year old American marine, beat the world record with a leap of 16 feet 2 inches, which he cleared at an athletic meeting in California on Saturday.
Chamber complains at treatment
At a meeting of the Eskdale Chamber of Trade held in the Buck Hotel on Tuesday evening, members protested strongly at the way they had been treated in regard to the tourist development at Gretna.
Chairman Frank Zemla said that on the advice of Councillor John Bruce he had contacted Mr John Whitecross at the Annandale and Eskdale district council three weeks ago requesting to attend a meeting between consultants and traders in the region as a representative of Langholm traders.
He was assured that he would be informed when the meeting would take place and was astounded to read in the E & L Advertiser that the meeting was held last Tuesday and he had not been notified.
Mrs Anne Wall told a similar story of how she had also been assured that she would be notified of the date of the meeting and, like Mr Zemla, had received no such notification.
Mr John Scott proposed that letters of protest on behalf of the Chamber, be sent immediately to the Regional and District councils and the Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Board asking what the outcome of the meeting was and that representatives from Langholm be invited to take part in any further discussions.
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