From the archives, Sunday August 19th 1928: Musical ‘muck’, thieves attempt to rob shop with pepper and drama in Lossiemouth

OUR archives are packed with stories and images from yesteryear, from the big events to local news.

In amongst it all are some more quirky tales, interesting opinion pieces and fascinating insights into what the world was like at the time of publication.

Here, we take a look back on a previous Sunday that fell on August 19.

We’re travelling back in time 90 years to 1928…

Musical ‘muck’

This piece from the 1928 Sunday Post examines a debate that rages on to this day – is popular music any good?

It concludes that “yes, we all like musical muck at times, but we hate to be told so. The best way out of the difficulty is not to call our popular music muck so long as we like listening to it.”

It adds: “A little bit of tact goes a long way to make the world a more happy place to live in.”

Wise words.


Daring thieves

The paper also carries the story of an attempted robbery in Glasgow, in which three men threw pepper in the owner’s face and tried to steal money.

It seems like a cunning plot, but they scarpered when they discovered that the store’s proprietor was not alone.

The wannabe thieves realised the cleaner was also present and decided to make a quick getaway.

And to prove crime never pays, they left without any money or indeed a pair of trousers they’d used in their heist, and the shopkeeper was left unharmed… due to the pepper “striking his spectacles.”



This wasn’t the only nefarious thievery going on back then, with car thieves apparently deciding to target the “gadgets” in motor vehicles rather than the cars themselves.

Back then, what constituted gadgets? Fire extinguishers, the clock, tyre pumps and rugs…



Daring rescue

There were thrilling scenes in Lossiemouth as a tourist saved the life of a fisherman’s daughter.

The five-year-old was in danger of being swept out to sea, but luckily the heroic Miss Drysdale “plunged fully clothed into the river and succeeded in bringing the child, who was in a state of collapse, to the bank.”

The incident ‘occasoioned great excitement in the seatown’, wrote our reporter, and the child survived the trauma.

Brushes with death

A stationmaster narrowly escaped being run over by a train at Caldercruix Station, Lanarkshire.

He was clipped on the head by a locomotive and collapsed onto the line.

Unsurprisingly, he suffered from shock.


A man from Laurencekirk, meanwhile, was gored by a cow on the way to market… but managed to sell it before allowing his wounds to be attended to.

The animal had been in “bad temper” and ended up “goring him seriously in the groin”.

Despite “bleeding profusely”, he made it to the market in Montrose, and then promptly Montrose Infirmary.

Gems from the gossip column

Amongst the snippets from Gossip Of The Day are this observation on air travel:

And a rather unique insurance policy!

And finally

A young man in Portsmouth reaches out for a “homely Eyemouth lassie” to marry.

He wanted a girl with “spiritual beauty” as physical beauty, he notes, “soon disappears”.