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July 1860

Isle of Wight Observer

July 7th 1860: THE AZTECS – Those who have not yet seen these singular beings had better avail themselves of the opportunity of doing so this evening or tomorrow, which will be their last appearance at Ryde. We are competent to discuss a subject which has puzzled the learned, and can only sum up our description of the curious specimens of humanity in the rough words of a sailor emerging from the Victoria Rooms, “whoever they are, or wheresoever they come from – they is rum’uns.”

July 7th 1860: ROYALTY – Her Majesty accompanied by His Royal Highness the Prince Consort and one servant on horseback, drove through Ryde in her carriage on Thursday evening.

July 7th 1860: THE SEASON – There has been a considerable influx of visitors during the week, and a great many houses and lodgings have been taken for longer or shorter periods. The Pier and Esplanade begin to be thronged with fashionable loiterers and to assume their wonted appearance at this time of the year.

July 7th 1860: THEATRE ROYAL – The Manager in announcing his second season begs to assure the Nobility, Gentry, Inhabitants and Visitors of Ryde and its vicinity that he has succeeded in engaging a company selected from the principle theatres. A most costly wardrobe has been purchased, made expressly for the Manager from designs furnished by the Queen’s costumier.

July 7th 1860: ADVERT – JENKINS Temperance Hotel, 4 Colonnade, Lind-street, near the Market House. Tea and coffee at any hour of the day.

July 7th 1860: HIGH PRICE OF PROVISIONS – The price of butcher’s meat is gradually reaching a point that must soon place it entirely beyond the reach of the labouring classes.

July 7th 1860: JONES’ CONCERTS – The talented and indefatigable leader of the band of our gallant riflemen does not intend to allow the performance of his duities therewith to prevent him administrating to the requirements of the public and the musical concerts with which his name is associated. Miss Cicely NOTT, a lady fast rising in the musical world, has been engaged for the next concert.

July 14th 1860: HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY – The last Exhibition for 1860 will take place on Wednesday 8th August in the grounds of Col. Vernon HARCOURT, St. Clare, Near Ryde. As the success of these Exhibitions depend in a great measure upon the Annual Subscriptions it is earnestly rerquested that you will ask for your names to be added as soon as possible to the List of Subscribers.

July 14th 1860: ADVERT – SYMONDS, 15 Union-street, Ryde, Photographic Printer and Stereoscopic Publisher. 12 Portraits on paper for 10s.6d. The new full-length photographs mounted on visiting cards at the above moderate price, and in smaller numbers– 3s.6d. first copy and duplicates 1s. each.

July 14th 1860: CIRCUS – HAWES & CUSHINGS great United State Circus, late of Alhambra Palace, London, will visit Ryde Monday August 20, 1860.

July 21st 1860: NARROW ESCAPE – On Sunday last as Capt CLIFFORD of the 31st accompanied by a brother officer was driving down Union-street, the horse startled and became unmanagable. To turn the corner into Pier-street was out of the question, the horse went clean into the passage of Mr. BARNARD’s house and both gentlemen were thrown by the violence against the door of Miss EASTMAN’s shop. We fear that some day something more serious will happen in this spot.

July 21st 1860: ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY – A medal has been presented by the Royal Humane Society to Edward FEBEN, of Oakfield, for gallantly saving the life of a brother workmate who fell off the Pier a few weeks ago.

July 21st 1860: COUNTESS – We are happy to announce that, after very protracted illness, the Countess of Clare is sufficiently recovered to make a sojourn of six weeks to the delightful watering-place of Sandown. May her Ladyship experience that benefit from the change of air which she anticipates.