1889 4th April

(Minute Books)


 There was read a letter from Captain Scott representing that boys Donald McPhail and A.L. Maurice, had friends in Canada and were desirous to have boys there, and that the boys were anxious to go, and asking whether the boys might be allowed to go. No outfit would be required, and the passage would be about 6 guineas each, the Committee considered the matter and thought it well to send the boys as requested.



1889 Courier & Argus

Friday, 3rd May.




John Knight, an ex-Mars boy was awarded a silver medal for his part in the rescue of Norwegian sailors.



1889 Courier & Argus

Friday, 14th June.



     In the Police Court yesterday some curious revelations of arab life were brought out in the course of the trial of some boys charged with pilfering from shops and other places. Thomas Knight (13), James Street, and Andrew Pullar (13), Hilltown, millworkers, were charged with having stolen two pairs of trousers on the third and fifth June from outside wall of a clothier’s shop in Wellgate, and Knight was further charged with having stolen a box containing 100 cigars from a table in Greenmarket. Both pleaded not guilty. From what came out in evidence it appeared that there were four boys at the stealing of the trousers, one of whom, named Galbraith, had been remitted to the Sheriff Court. One of the pairs was pawned in Nolan’ Loan Office in Alexander Street for 3/-. The theft of the cigars was rather adroitly accomplished. The young arabs, prowling about the Greenmarket, observed one of the gaming stalls left to the care of the public, the proprietor having gone to dine in a neighbouring coffeehouse. “Hie, here’s a rare place.” One of the gang calls to the others. Inside the booth there were several boxes of cigars stored on the table. One of the party crept under the canvas, seized a box, and handed it to his confederates outside. The cigars were then divided between Knight and another boy, and then they started to peddle the stock. Knight sold his share of the plunder for 7 ½d. The other boy sold 2d worth of his lot – seven for 1d – but the rest of the stock was scattered and lost. The customers were newsboys. The boys had been wandering about beyond their parents’ control. The boy Knight had refused to go to school. He had kept his fees and sold his books, and for 16 days past he had been away from his father’s house. Pullar had been away about six weeks absent from his home. They were discovered by Detective Fraser sleeping in a cellar in Rosebank Road at five o’clock in the morning. Pullar had declared that he wanted to go to the Mars. Mr Dewar departed from the charge of theft, and the Bailie committed both boys to the Mars.



1889 Courier & Argus

Thursday, 20th June.



     Patrick Fitzgerald, 12 years of age, was brought before Bailie Black at the Court as an applicant for the Industrial School. It was stated that accused’s father died six years ago, and left his mother with several children depending on her. The applicant had gone beyond his mother’s control. He associated with bad boys, and often stayed out at night. He wanted to go to the Mars, and his mother wished him sent to that institution. The Bailie accordingly committed the boy to the Mars Training Ship, to be detained till he reaches 16 years of age.



1889 Courier & Argus

Friday, 5th July.


John Mitchell, Arthur Street, 12 years of age, was brought before the Court charged with an act of petty theft from his parents’ house. The charge was, however, withdrawn, as the boy and his friends wished him sent to the Mars.



1889 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 28th August.




Before Bailie Stephenson in Dundee Police Court yesterday – William Gowans (12), schoolboy, residing in Littlejohn Street, was charged with three separate acts of theft. The complaint set forth (1) That on Friday, 9th August, he stole an iron last from the house in Littlejohn Street occupied by Alexander Hughes;

(2) That on Saturday he repeated the operation by stealing another last; and

(3) That on Monday, the 12th he again visited the same house and stole a metal pot. The lad’s mother stated that she had lost all control over him, and the charge having been withdrawn he was ordered to be sent to the Mars.



1889 Courier & Argus

Wednesday, 6th November.



In the Police Court yesterday before Bailie Macdonald – Bernard Garrity (11), McDonald Street, was charged with stealing two pigeons from a cage at the door of a bird-dealer shop in Barrack Street. He pleaded guilty. Mr Dewar said the boy was a very suitable subject for the Mars, and to allow him to be admitted into that institution he would depart from the charge of theft. He had been away at Edinburgh, and had been wandering from his home for three weeks. His father was anxious to get him sent to an institution, but his mother pleaded for “another chance.” Bailie McDonald committed the boy to the Mars.


1889 Courier & Argus

Monday, 9th December.


Before Bailie Speed. Alexander Grant (13), Foundry Lane, pleaded guilty to having stolen a tin of beef from a shop in King Street on the 3rd inst. Mr Dewar departed from the charge that the boy might be dealt with under the Industrial Schools Act. He was associating with thieves, and was beyond his parents’ control. The Bailie committed him to the Mars for three years.