Isle of Wight Observer February 20 1869
ROYAL PATRONAGE – We are happy to hear that Her Most Gracious Majesty the Queen has been pleased to give several orders to Mr Thomas Fairy, of Union-street, and to express her approbation of several articles sent to Osborne for inspection by Her Majesty’s commands, two Isle of Wight lace pockets being especially mentioned.
BLONDIN – We remind our readers that the renowned Blondin, who crossed the Falls of Niagara, will appear at the Victoria-rooms during the ensuing week, full particulars of which have been announced. We notice that special coaches will run from Ryde to Newport at 10.30, and special trains to Ventnor and the intermediate stations at the same hour on the evening of Wednesday and Friday, in order to afford the inhabitants of all those localities the opportunity of attending.
A HINT TO THE BENEVOLENT- We regret to hear that during the gale of Friday last, two boats belonging to Robert Heward, an industrious fisherman well-known in Ryde, were seriously damaged, so that a considerable sum will be required for repairs. Heward has a family of eight children to support, and this loss will fall heavily upon him, unless the benevolent render assistance. He has been the means of saving five persons from drowning. We feel assured, therefore, now that his misfortune is made known, many will come to his assistance.
THE SUN NOT THE SOURCE OF HEAT AND LIGHT TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM – We remind our readers that a lecture on this subject, which has often occupied our columns, will be given by Mr Harrington, at the Isle of Wight Philosophical Society, at 8 o’clock, on Monday evening next, in which fresh evidence derived from observations made during the total eclipse of the sun on the 18th of August last will be brought forward in its support.
SUGGESTED LIFEBOAT FOR RYDE – Withall the serviceable appliances that Ryde has she has not the best thing of the sort for preserving lives from shipwreck. This want is, however, about to be supplied; inasmuch as a numerously signed requisition has been presented to the Mayor, and his worship has complied with its prayer by convening a meeting at the Town-hall on Monday next, at 2pm. The testimony of the late gale shows that a lifeboat would be an acquisition for the town.