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at 8 prompt. Route — North along Commercial Street and Road, up Harbour Street, south along High Street and Hillhead, down Queen's Lane, and thence to Market Cross. War song and bonfire.

All newly-appointed elders in our procession must make forty trips to the kirk per annum, or the penny a Sunday door dues will not be reduced. All guizers who do not dance with Wesleyan dress shoes will be dippit. As the Miliaria has disappeared from the New School, a Whiteman will probably exist there. To aid the merchants in giving Christmas presents the guizers will now return last year's calendars. The public have my permission to libel anybody provided the ^'^ donation comes into our hands. N.B. — Terms cash ; no hosiery and promises. The Scotch Colony is now studying microbes under the supervision of the County Council. The coming Town Band and the Gut Factory having frightened the winter herring, a Royal Arch Chapter will be read from the deck of the new steamer to bring them back. Our Education Bii-L prohibits tea-drinking in the New School.

(Signed) Massa ^V. A. A. Tea.

In order to encourage the shipbuilding trade the N. of S. Coy. must be maintained.

Defacers of this Bill must provide their own funeral expenses. No com- position.

The Worthy Chief Guizer, his [imprint of a foot] trade mark.

" The juvenile portion of the community were first to start the fun. Early in the evening, quite a number of small 'galleys' (so-called) were hauled through the streets and over the roads, finally being burned in orthodox fashion, while the youngsters danced round the fires in great glee. Later in the evening two very fine specimens of finely-constructed galleys appeared, large enough to enable an embryo musician to be seated in each as it was dragged along the streets, the other members of squad carrying blazing torches. This was the work of the fourth and fifth standard children, and it was really much to their credit that they carried out so successfully their quota of the ' Uphelly A' ' rejoicings.

"The hour of assembly for the guizers was fixed for 7.30 p.m. The arrival of the huge Norse galley was the sign for loud cheering, and she was a ship worthy of such a greeting, with arched dragon head and tail — brilliantly painted in silver and gold — and her graceful curves and lines, she looked a beauty, with the warriors' shields hung over the side, and a company of musicians on board playing lively tunes on their violins. A smaller galley, but equally well got up and as elaborately decorated, also appeared on the scene. This ' long ship ' had been the work of