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FROM THE PORTSMOUTH NEWS OF 1978
Mrs Besant, the well-known free-thinker addressed a large audience in July 1878. Asked what had led her to become an atheist, she told the questioner
that “the hour was an inconvenient one for her to give them an autobiographical sketch”,
The curative powers of magnetism fascinated Portsmuthians in 1877. A Mr George Baker (a medical electrician) proclaimed that his Magneticon could deal satisfactorily with asthma,
liver complaints, constipation, rheumatism, spinal disease, nervous debility and other ailments. The Magneticon came in many forms, including belts, lung invigorators, spine bands and knee caps, It
generated electricity without chain-bands or acids, gave no shocks, left no sores, and could even be worn over clothing. Prices ranged from 1s 6d to 63s..
DID YOU KNOW?
Speed of distribution is vital to the success of any newspaper, and the NEWS was the first paper in the world to
use hovercraft to get its latest edition to its readers with a minimum of delay. In July 1933, it used a light aircraft for the first time to take papers to the Isle of Wight during Cowes Week.
astronomer - Weatherman who assisted mariners here were going on long voyages to try and predict what weather conditions they might encounter.
broom seller - A street salesman with his own distinctive cry, ‘Buy and broom, old shoes buy a broom’. He would accept a pair of old shoes in exchange for a broom, due to the resale value of the
couple beggar - Travelling priest who performed ‘instant’ weddings up to 1754. Also known as a ‘hedge priest’.
crab boiler - Worker associated with the sea fishing industry who boiled crabs and lobsters either for himself or others before selling them on to the public.
forester - A huntsman. In an abbey this was a uniformed position, not just a job. He would live outside the abbey with his own family and would have a range of staff under him. By law, foresters and
huntsmen were the only persons allowed to carry bows and arrows in the King’s forests in medieval times.
Luddite - Originally one of a group of factory workers loosely joined in a movement to smash factory machinery which was taking away the jobs of manual workers. Later the term was applied to anyone
who refused to take on new ideas or working methods.