CLYDESIDE faces the prospect of another bleak Christmas with the news last night that 1050 men are to be laid off on Friday because the Marathon rig-building yard

at Clydebank has run out of

work for them. With the completion of the last rig on the order book, the company is retaining only 350 people for a series of small engineering contracts

which will keep them ticking

over until the end of February.

But with little prospect of new orders before the spring, Marathon is relying on the government to finance the speculative building of an oil rig.


THE Begum Zubeida Rahimtoola, wife of the High Commissioner to Pakistan, fulfilled a number of engagements yesterday in Glasgow. After her arrival, she visited the Southern Gen-eral Hospital and attended the

opening ceremony of a club for Indian and Pakistani seamen. Bailie Mrs Gladys M Dewar, senior magistrate representing the lord provost of Glasgow and Mr Dharma Vira, senior minister in the Pakistan Office, were at the ceremony, after which the Begum attended a Muslim Association reception in the club, and later had tea with Pakistani students in a city restaurant.


SOME time ago at a meeting of Dundee mill masters it was resolved, in view of the shortening of hours by the recent Fac-tory Amendment Act, to pay the workers for a 55-hour week instead of 56. Some difficulty has now arisen by the action of Messrs Henry Smith & Co, Dundee, who are the owners of large works in the city. Their workers will receive the same wages for the 55-hour week. A fear was entertained that if

individual masters acted this way, the general body would be forced to give way.


THE steamship Glasgow, Captain Stewart, which sailed

from Greenock on Saturday, November 8, arrived in New York, all well, on Sunday, November 23. Passage, 14 days 23 hours, mean time. Considering the time of the year and

the runs the paddle steamers have been making, this is remarkably good and augurs well for the qualities of the

vessel, both as a staunch sea boat and fast-sailing steamer.


WHILE Dr John Hunter and other medical men have treated masterly on venereal complaints, yet they all follow the steps of their predecessors. Mercury is still their grand

climacteric! It still then remains to apply a proper, safe, and effectual substitute for mercury. This medicine is known by the name of the