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November 1866

Isle of Wight Observer:-

Nov 3rd 1866:  FASHIONABLE INTELLIGENCE – Mr. and Mrs. YOUNG (Apley Towers) entertained a grand party on Friday evening last.  Mr. C. W. SALTER presided at the pianoforte;  Sir Charles and Lady LOCOCK have left their residence, Binstead, for Brighton.

Nov 3rd 1866:  AMATEUR MUSICAL SOCIETY – We understand that the practices of this society will take place at the rooms of the Isle of Wight Philosophical and Scientific Institution every Tuesday and Thursday evening during the winter months, commencing Tuesday next.

Nov 3rd 1866:  HEALTH – Mr. B. BARROW, who from a sense of honor and duty to the medical profession, of which he is a distinguished member, refused to take the amount offered by the Board for his services as a paid officer of health, has, with a desire of benefitting the district in which he labors, placed his services at the disposal of the Board as an “honorary” officer of health.

Nov 3rd 1866:  WEATHER – The month of October just closed has been a remarkably fine one, thus enabling the farmer to house his crops, the visitors to prolong their stay, and all the inhabitants of the Island to enjoy the genial sunshine and balmy breezes of autumn, presenting a strong contrast to September.

Nov 3rd 1866:  DETERMINED – A mysterious affair occurred on the steamer from Ryde to Portsmouth on Tuesday last. A gentleman who was conveyed by Mr SPENCER to the Pier, expressing the utmost anxiety lest he should be late for this particular boat. When near the Sturbridge buoy, he put his foot on the seat and deliberately jumped overboard. Excitement prevailed, the steamer was stopped and boats lowered and every possible search made without avail.

Nov 10th 1866:  EAGLE HOTEL – We understand that Mr. G. J. ATKINS’ opening dinner at the Eagle Hotel takes place on Thursday next, on which occasion a numerous and influential circle of friends and supporters will be present to wish health and prosperity to the host and his family.

Nov 10th 1866:  RYDE & NEWPORT RAILWAY – A public meeting has been convened, on this very important subject.   We have in previous issues dwelt pretty largely upon the advantages which the construction of this line would confer on the inhabitants of both towns.  We trust we shall see an enthusiastic and unanimous meeting, which is fixed for Wednesday evening next, at the Town-hall.

Nov 10th 1866:  ISLE OF WIGHT BLIND SOCIETY – Since the list of contributions last published by us, the following have been received:  Sir John SIMEON, bart M.P., £1;  the Rev. C. WORKMAN, 5s;  and various small sums, amounting altogether to 8s.6d.

Nov 10th 1866:  HIGH PRICE OF MEAT – This still continues, but certainly, if any dependence is to be placed upon the quotations of the London markets, the butchers are reaping a profitable harvest from the late cattle plague panic, by obtaining famine prices during a period of plenty.  That terrible scourge has providently materially diminished, especially in this part of the country.

Nov 17th 1866:  RYDE A BOROUGH – We are now able to announce the gratifying fact that the Commissioner will shortly visit Ryde for the express purpose of arranging the boundaries and every preliminary for making this town a municipal borough, every form having been duly complied with.

Nov 24th 1866:  QUADRILLE SOCIETY – We are pleased that a few of our spirited young men of Ryde, headed by Mr. Alfred HUGHES, have determined to relieve the dullness and monotony of the winter, by forming the above society.  We understand the first meeting was very well attended, the members enjoying themselves extremely from which circumstances, we may infer and hope that success will attend.