Isle of Wight Observer:
May 4th 1867: H.M.S. CHANTICLEER – This fine screwship of 950 tons 200 horse-power, and mounting 17 guns, commanded by Capt. W. W. S. BRIDGES, arrived at Spithead on Friday last, from Woolwich, on her way to South America. Capt. BRIDGES was lately the inspector of the Coastguard at Ryde, and was much beloved by all who had the pleasure of serving under his command.
May 4th 1867: ADVERT – Carpets Beat and Cleaned by James LAVARS, 17 Nelson Place, Ryde, who has a good ground and every convenience for the purpose, out of the town, on most reasonable terms.—All orders punctually attended to.
May 11th 1867: LETTER – Sir,—In a letter to the Observer of the 4th, it denounces the conduct of those individuals who supplied the Russian sailors with fiery rum during their recent visit to the town. Will you allow me to ask if Englishmen are the only people on earth privileged to get tipsy?
May 11th 1867: SESSIONS – The Lamb Inn, Ryde, was endorsed from Esther EXTON, to her son, Henry James EXTON.
May 18th 1867: ADDITIONAL CAB STAND – Mr. HARRINGTON brought forward the Bye-Law and Officers’ Committee report, recommending that a stand for three flys be made near the railway terminus. It was found to be exceedingly inconvenient at present. After discussion, the suggestion that room be provided for six cabs. The seal of the Board was affixed to drivers’ licences for Henry COTTON and Alfred LANGDON.
May 18th 1867: STODARE’S ENTERTAINMENT – We can only say that everybody should visit the Victoria-rooms to see Mr. STODARE’s marvellous performances. The marvel of Mecca, the Sphinx, and the Indian basket trick are especially to be noticed. We see his stay in Ryde extends to Saturday only. An excellent pianist came in for a share of applause.
May 18th 1867: HINT FOR THE POLICE – We understand that some miscreants who deserve a pretty long drill at the treadmill have within the last week or two been robbing the gardens in this neighbourhood. Amongst other places to which they turned their attention is the beautiful grounds of Buckingham Villa.
May 18th 1867: FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE – Capt. BOGER, R.N., Inspector of Coastguard, has taken Willow Cottage for his residence; Mr. and Miss Warren Hastings ANDERSON have returned to their residence, Beldornie Tower, after several months’ absence; The Misses HUGHES have returned to their residence Leyton House, St. Thomas’s-street.
May 25th 1867: BOLD RESCUE – On Monday last a lad standing on the steps of the pier, fishing, fell into the water, and would undoubtedly have been drowned had not Robert HEWARD, sen., been near at the time. The brave old waterman, who is upward of 70 years of age, did not hesitate, but at once plunged into the water and succeeded in bringing the lad safely to the pier. Old HEWARD and his son Robert have been the means of preventing no less than five coroner’s inquests. Both father and son were rewarded by having the Royal Humane Society’s medal presented to them.
May 25th 1867: LONGEVITY – We have been favored with the list of paupers who have been relieved by the Isle of Wight Union during the two quarters ended 27th March last. It is an interesting document, as showing in the great majority of instances to what a great age people live in this favored spot.
May 25th 1867: ATTRACTIONS – Arrangements are, we understand, in progress, by which the directors of the Pier Company will secure the services of several military bands for the pleasure of the thousands who throng this fashionable promenade during the season.