17 November 1900
YOUTH AGAIN IN TROUBLE
James BROOKER was charged on remand for stealing
a hen from a cote in a field off Gorsey Brow,
Broadbottom. It was the property of John LOMAS,
household furnisher and general dealer of Market-street.
He was in poor health and his business was conducted
by his brother, Fred. It was he who spotted BROOKER
coming from the direction of the cote and when
he challenged him, the youth threw the fowl in
his face. However, LOMAS restrained BROOKER and
with some effort, he handed him in to Countable
PARRETT at Mottram Police Station.
BROOKER had only recently been released
from gaol having served six months for breaking
and entering. In a letter to the court, he said:
"Dear Sirs, I am very sorry
for what I have done as it is through the cursed
drink that brings me here; God only knows it is.
Dear Sirs, I hope you will give me a chance and
I will be different and work for my mother and
the children. Dear Sirs, have pity on me and give
me a chance and I will never come here again.
Picture a widowed mother and children with outstretched
arms waiting for me. Dear Sirs, have mercy on
me and do not send me to prison. I will sign the
pledge and be better, so give me a chance as I
daresay my employer will give me a chance to return
to work again, and I will work for an honest living.
Give me a chance for my mothers sake and
the childrens. Have pity on me."
There couldnt have been a
dry eye in the house, save that of the Chairman
who observed that "Drink is no excuse for
crime," before he committed BROOKER for trial
at the Knutsford Quarter Session.
GIVEN A CHANCE
A more sympathetic hearing was given to Samuel
HOOLEY, a tramp who was charged with begging in
Chapel-street, Dukinfield. A police officer had
seen him go into a shop and when he checked, the
owner confirmed that HOOLEY had been begging. After
a brief chase, he was caught.
"Superintendent COOPER stated
that the prisoner was not what they may call a
professional tramp. He had lived in Hurst, Ashton
and Dukinfield for several years, flitting from
one place to the other. Up to about 12 months
before, he was a very hard-working man, but since
then had given way to drink." Since this
was his first offence, HOOLEY was dismissed with
Three boys, George H SIDDALL, John H BARDSLEY
and Sidney POULTON were fined a total of 10s 6d
for the wilful damage of a wall belonging to Lord
Stamfords trustees. They were spotted pushing
the coping stones off the wall by George YOUNG,
occupier of the toll-bar on Lees-road in Hurst.
Mr T D THORPE retired as caretaker
of the Moravian Chapel in Dukinfield and 35 years
service in which he had seen six ministers come
And finally, for those interested in such things,
the Reporter published a full listing of tramway
routes in the area, their numbers and stopping points.
And no, I dont propose to transcribe them!