1882 Courier & Argus

Monday, 20th February

BOY SENT TO THE MARS – JOHN CHALMERS

Before Sheriff Comrie Thomson – A petition was presented by Mr Runcy, Advocate, craving that John Chalmers (13), who had been found wandering at Stuartfield, Old Deer, be sent to the mars Training Ship. The Sheriff granted the warrant for the boy to be

detained in the Mars until he reached the age of sixteen.

 

1882 Courier & Argus

Friday, 24th February.

MARS ANNUAL MEETING

At this meeting letters to the captain were read by Mr Jack from some ex-Mars boys…

Boy Murdoch McLeod writes from Foo-Chow – “I thought I would let you know that I succeeded in passing the board of Examiners at Hong Kong for chief mate. I will be in a position to pass as master when I get home. As I am not to be home for some time, I would consider it a great favour if you could manage to get a ship for my brother. I am sorry he has not been with me this voyage”…

John Lowden writes from Nagasaki:-

“I wish to let you know I am well. I have got rather a bad ship. The crew have all gone to jail, but I don’t care for that, as I am all right. Please let me know how the boys are getting on. My respects to your family, officers, and boys.”

 

 

 

 

1882 Friday, December 1st.

Aberdeen Weekly Journal

 

The following cases were disposed of yesterday, before Sheriff Comrie Thomson –

A BOY SENT TO THE MARS TRAINING SHIP

A petition was presented by Mr Runcy, Advocate, praying the Court that a boy, named Frederick Smith, residing at 25 Mutton Brae, Aberdeen, who has been found wandering without proper guardianship, should be sent to an industrial school, or other suitable institution. The lad is fully 13 ½ years of age, and Mrs Rutherford, Bible woman, stated that he had no prison to look after him. The Sheriff ordered the boy to be sent to the Mars Training Ship and detained there till he reached the age of 16.