1 June 1901
FALSELY OBTAINING MONEY AS AN ASHTON MOSS COLLIERY
A middle-aged man named Samuel BLOOMER was
in custody at Ashton Borough Police Court, on
Thursday, charged with attempting to obtain money
by falsely representing himself to be a coal miner
at the New Moss Colliery on May 29th.
The Chief Constable stated that
the prisoner was only arrested the previous night,
and there had not been much time to get up the
evidence, and Constable WILD had had some little
difficulty in the matter. If the magistrates would
grant a remand, it would give him much more time
to make further enquiries, and probably obtain
further evidence. Prisoner had no authority whatever
to go round begging with a book. The manager of
the colliery had been seen on this subject.
The Magistrates Clerk: There
has been a letter in the newspaper, written by
The Chief Constable: The secretary
has complained here about it.
The Magistrates Clerk (reading
from the collecting book handed to him): By permission
of the manager, signed by Mr WORDSWORTH. Mr WORDSWORTH
does not sign himself "Mr WORDSWORTH."
Constable WILD said he went to Mrs
LOMAS, whose name was down in the book as giving
5s, and she said she had given nothing.
Magistrates Clerk: I expect
this Mrs LOMAS is a catch penny to induce others
to follow suit. A sprat to catch a mackerel. It
is the same writing as that on the front page.
The case was remanded to Monday.
PRESENTATION TO A WATERLOO
Twenty-six Years Service
A pleasing little ceremony took place in the
drill yard of the Hurst Police Station on Wednesday
afternoon. This was the presentation of a couple
of bronze equestrian statues and a silver-mounted
black-ebony walking stick to ex-Constable HUNTER,
who has retired from the Lancashire County Constabulary
after 26 years service, 21 years of which
has been spent in the Waterloo district.
Constable HUNTER first commenced
police duties at the Brook, Liverpool. After a
time, he was transferred to Haslingden Police
Force, and from there he went to Lower Darwen,
and subsequently to Waterloo, where he has been
located ever since. During the 21 years he has
been at Waterloo, he has won the respect and esteem
of police and civilians as well, and about six
years ago he obtained the merit badge.
Ex-Constable HUNTER tendered his
acknowledgements with much warmth of feeling and
referred to the many changes which had taken place
since he first came to the district. There had,
he said, been some ups and downs, but he had not
thought he was so deserving of their kindness.
Those ornaments would often remind him when seated
in a warm corner of his colleagues who were braving
the elements without, as he himself had done for
so long a time. He was much obliged to them for
their goodwill, and should always think of the
Ashton-under-Lyne division. (Applause.)
Sergeant HAIMER added his testimony.
He was constable at Bardsley, he said, when Constable
HUNTER joined him in 1880, and they had been the
best of friends for many years. He was always
one of the first to step forward to help a comrade,
and that had been a distinguishing feature in
him up to the present time.
Visitors in the vicinity of
Stamford Park on Tuesday night were attracted at
about 8.30 to a large crowd congregated near the
clay pit on the Stalybridge side, but not within
the precincts of the Park. The crowd turned out
to be watching with evident glee and interest a
fight between two men. Each of the combatants had
his batch of supporters, who exercised their lungs
freely in urging their favourite to give the "knock-out"
blow. For some minutes the men fought like demons
fists and feet were used and the disgraceful
scene only culminated when one of the fellows, evidently
realising the superiority of his rival, threw up
the sponge. Enquiry led to the information that
the pugilists were employees at the same mill, and
that the fight had been brewing for some weeks.
MOTTRAM, BROADBOTTOM AND
CUT BLOOM SHOW Last Sunday a cut bloom
show was held at the Crescent Inn, Broadbottom.
A good number of florists and gardeners were present.
Twelve entries were made, with the following result:
1st J BEELEY, 2nd A BEELEY, 3rd J CHESTERS.
CRICKET Last Saturday
league matches took place between Mottram and
Hurst, and Hill End and Dinting. Mottram first
team at Hurst sustained defeat in an easy fashion,
the home team compiling 206 runs against 95 runs
by the Mottram team. The chief scorers for the
home team were W E FIRTH 65, W C FIRTH 51, and
G HILL 32, whilst for the visitors, the principal
scorers were G BRODERICK 22, Randle SIDEBOTTOM
14, P K MARSLAND 13, and Ralph SIDEBOTTOM 13.
The Hill End first tea, journeyed
to Dinting where they experienced a little "leather
hunting," the home team making 175 runs for
the loss of only five batsmen. Hill End responded
with 41 all out. The second teams met at Broadbottom
and an interesting game resulted in Dinting winning
by 12 runs, the respective totals being Dinting
44, Hill End 32.
PRETTY WEDDING AT MOTTRAM CHURCH
On Monday afternoon (Whit Monday) an
attractive wedding was solemnised at Mottram Church,
the contracting parties being Miss Muriel NEWMAN,
second daughter of Mr and Mrs C NEWMAN, of Broadbottom-road,
and Mr Reginald SHAW, of Ashton-under-Lyne. The
wedding party was conveyed to and from the church
in a carriage and a pair of greys supplied by
Messrs RHODES and Son (my gg-grandad's
The bride, who looked exceedingly
pretty was neatly attired in a dress composed
of ivory lustre with corded silk trimmings and
hat to match, and was attended by Miss L BOYER,
who wore a dress composed of white material trimmed
with gold, and Miss E NEWMAN dressed in white,
both with hats to match, and there were also present
Misses N YATES and Miss E R SHAW, nieces of the
bridegroom and the two Miss HAIGEs, cousins of
the bridegroom. Mr T R SHAW, brother of the bridegroom,
officiated as the best man, and Mr R NEWMAN acted
as groomsman, and also gave the bride away.
After the marriage rites had been
duly performed by the Rev Canon MILLER, the party
returning to the home of the bride, where a first
class tea had been prepared, and the event was
celebrated with much mirth. A numerous collection
of presents have been received by the happy couple,
including two cheques.
DEATH OF MISS EMMA GODDARD
We regret to record the death of Miss Emma GODDARD
(my second cousin three times removed Ed)
of Broadbottom-road, Mottram, which took place
on Saturday at the age of 22 years. Deceased was
closely connected with Mottram Church Sunday School,
of which place she had been a scholar the whole
of her life, and the sympathy of the whole village
goes out to Mrs GODDARD in her painful bereavement.
Her remains were interred at Mottram Cemetery
on Tuesday afternoon, the funeral being numerously
BROADBOTTOM HOMING SOCIETY
On Saturday the above society held a fly from
Bournemouth. There were 86 birds liberated, and
the first three arrived in the following order:
1st E BENTLEY, 2nd W DRIVER, 3rd A HOWATRH. The
first and second kept very close, and only a period
of about one minute divided them.
DEATH We regret to
chronicle the death of Mrs Janet SMITH, of Mill-street,
Broadbottom, which took place at her home on Friday
last at the ripe old age of 71 years. Deceased
was well known and had resided at Broadbottom
a good number of years. The funeral took place
at Mottram Cemetery on Monday afternoon and was
MOTTRAM CHURCH On
Sunday last, the above place of worship was opened
temporarily for the first time since its closing
some few weeks back. Considerable progress has
been made with the restoration of the interior,
the old pews having been taken out, the floor
concreted, and wood blocks put in. The new seats
in the inner portion have not yet been put in,
and on Sunday last a goodly number of chairs were
brought into use. It is expected the entire renovation
of the interior will be completed by June 22nd,
when the Lord Bishop of Chester will undertake
the opening ceremony.
BREAKDOWN On Friday
at noon the beams of one of the engines at Waterside
Mills suddenly collapsed, but fortunately no one
was injured. The engine, which drives the spinning,
cardroom, and two shafts of looms, it is expected
will take over a week to repair, and every effort
is being made to commence work again on Monday
OBITUARY It is with
regret we announce the death of Mr Job FLINT,
of Woolley Bridge-road, Hadfield, which occurred
on Saturday night at the age of 34. Deceased,
who for a long period had been suffering from
a lingering illness, was highly respected and
well-known in Hadfield, and up to a few months
ago filled the office of Conservative agent for
Hadfield. He leaves a wife and two children. The
funeral took place at Glossop Cemetery on Wednesday
afternoon, and was largely attended.
SWINE FEVER AT DUKINFIELD An outbreak
of swine fever has occurred amongst some animals
in a piggery off Atkin-street. The sanitary superintendent,
Mr J SUMMERFIELD, at once notified the fact to the
Board of Agriculture. This department sent down
instructions for the slaughter of the pigs. Two
had died of the disease, and ten have since been
destroyed by the authorities.
The monthly meeting of the Town
Council was held on Monday. All members were present,
except four. The passing of the minutes evoked little
or no discussion, but considerable time was occupied
in discussing a resolution introduced by Councillor
GRIME protesting against the cartoonage of members
of the Council by a Manchester weekly newspaper.
Alderman KERFOOT objected to the introduction of
such a matter, and argued that it simply concerned
the two members cartooned, namely, Councillors GRIME
and CLARKE. The Mayor, however, allowed the mover
to go on with his speech, and immediately afterwards
the alderman left the Council Chamber, after being
bluntly told he need not stop by Councillor ASHWORTH.
Councillor GRIME characterised the
action of the newspaper as "dastardly, mean,
and contemptible," and expressed his surprise
that anyone should defend "such a damnable
piece of work," and he looked upon the man
who drew the cartoon as "a mean, contemptible
cur." It was, in his opinion, calculated
to make men keep aloof from taking part in municipal
affairs if they are to be subjected to ridicule
and held up to public odium.
Councillor CLARKE characterised
the cartoon as malignant, and said it was wrong
for newspapers to take up the speech of a member
of the Council, which was slightly maligned in
the first instance, and then to cartoon the members
referred to in the speech in an intensely insulting
Alderman BANCROFT thought the two
gentlemen concerned were taking the matter up
too seriously, and seeing that an action at law
was pending he did not think the Council ought
to interfere. At the same time, he disapproved
altogether of cartooning. Councillor WOOD, who
seconded the motion, said the printing of the
cartoon was a very improper thing to do. At the
close of the discussion a resolution was drafted
by Councillor BARDSLEY was passed "protesting
against the practice of holding up to ridicule
public men, by cartoon or otherwise, believing
such ridicule will tend against the public interest.