Isle of Wight Observer:-
Sept 2nd 1865: ACCIDENT – The new steamer just placed on the passage for the Ryde and Portsmouth Steam Company met with an accident in Portsmouth Harbour on Thursday afternoon, having by some means been fouled by a collier. She lost her mast, but it has not prevented her running as usual.
Sept 2nd 1865: THEATRE – Miss SEDGWICK’s engagement closed on Saturday evening last with her benefit, when as we anticipated, there was an overflowing house; indeed it was literally crammed.
Sept 2nd 1865: FRENCH FLEET – Ryde has been crowded during the past few days, consequent upon the great event of the return visit of the French fleet. The Pier presenting at the time a very animated appearance, being crowded with many thousands of visitors, the town itself presenting the appearance of a vast amphitheatre, lit up with many colours.
Sept 9th 1865: LATE EDITOR – The mournful aspect which this portion of our paper wears will be the first intimation to many of our readers that the hand that has written nearly all that has appeared in the editorial columns of this journal since its commencement, September 4th, 1852- now lies inanimate in the grave
Sept 9th 1865: FASHIONABLE SOIREE – The popularity of these fashionable reunions are evidently on the increase, there being about 160 ladies and gentlemen present on Tuesday evening at the Town-hall, under the stewardship of Warren Hastings ANDERSON, esq., to whom so much of the success of these brilliant assemblages are due.
Sept 9th 1865: FAIRY FOUNTAIN – The fairy fountain, in the Arcade, will be again opened on this (Friday) evening, after having contributed largely to the enjoyment of visitors to Portsmouth during the recent grand doings in connection with the visit of the French fleet.
Sept 9th 1865: ACCIDENT – We regret to record that Mr. Peter YOUNG, so long known as the “original coachman,” slipped from the top of WAVELL’s coach on Sunday last, and sustained a fracture of his thigh. He was conveyed to the Infirmary, where he is going on as favorably as could be expected.
Sept 23rd 1865: MEETING – A meeting of dairymen was held at the Victoria-rooms on Thursday evening, for the purpose of forming a Mutual Protection Society against loss of cattle in these critical times.
Sept 23rd 1865: TRIP TO BOURNEMOUTH – On Wednesday last the Prince Consort, one of the United Steam Packet Company’s steamers, conveyed a large party to the above delightful watering-place; the journey being performed from Ryde Pier in two hours and 20 minutes.
Sept 23rd 1865: PETTY SESSIONS – Two Oakfield boys were charged with damaging the property of Mr. William BURNETT, residing in that locality, by tearing up some pales that were in front of one of his houses. The Bench fined them 2s.6d. each, 1s.6d. for the damage, and 7s.6d. costs.
Sept 30th 1865: LICENSING – The licensing of hotels and public houses, and the trade may be said as to be thrown open to all who have suitable houses. As a matter of course, the effect of this is there are now nearly 400 licensed victuallers in the Island.
Sept 30th 1865: PENNY READINGS – These readings commence on Monday next, and will we trust be as popular as ever. There will, therefore, be no lack of means for improvement and recreation during the coming months.
Sept 30th 1865: ENTERTAINMENT – Tom THUMB’s entertainment has drawn crowded audiences during his brief stay in Ryde; indeed, the little party seem to enjoy the pleasure of the exhibition as highly as those who visit them. It seems though they are about to return to America, their native land.