5 January 1901
"So far as it has gone, the new century has
not brought with it any special good luck. It
has just promised to go on in the bad old way
of the old defunct nineteenth century. There has
been no startling change of any sort. Of course,
old Dame Nature knows nothing whatever of mans
fantastic divisions of time. To her, centuries
or even millenniums are as nothing and altogether
SINGULAR FATALITY AT HYDE
A Man Killed by a Sign-board
William OLDHAM aged 22 of 29 Tanner-street was
on his way home from work in West Gorton when he
met an untimely end. He arrived in Hyde by train
at 6.35pm. "He crossed over Great Norbury-street
and Robert-street and just before he came to Mt
MAWSONs Saddlery Shop, he was knocked down
by a sign-board which had been blown off one of
the buildings by the violent wind which then prevailed.
The force of the blow rendered him unconscious and
he was taken home where he died shortly after."
The inquest gave a verdict of accidental death and
the funeral was held at St Georges Church.
UNHAPPY MARRIED LIFE AT
She Called me a Scowbanker
John KEMP of 12 Ashton-road, Newton, was summoned
by his wife, Winnifred for assault. It seems the
two had lived together very unhappily for a number
of years and a row started after KEMP returned home
at four in the morning after a Friday night binge.
"The complainant noticing that
he had not gone to bed went downstairs and found
him on the sofa in the living room, pretty well
under the influence of drink." She asked
him to come to bed, but he refused. He then followed
his wife to the bedroom and tried to strangle
her before pulling out of bed, hitting her about
the face and head.
Their children, Mary and Nathaniel
gave corroborative evidence. Mr KEMP claimed that
he had attacked his wife because she had called
him a scowbanker. What this means,
I have no idea, but the bench fined him one pound
and cost and granted Mrs KEMPs application
for a separation order and custody of their seven
WIFE DESERTION AT HURST
James SWIFT was summoned by his wife Sarah for
desertion. The couple had married in October 1895
at St Johns Church, Hurst, she a widow and
he a widower. Mr SWIFT worked as an engine fitter,
earning 34s to 35s a week. However, he refused to
work for the first eight months of the marriage
and his wife had to support them by taking in washing
and looking after neighbours children.
SWIFT claimed various reasons for
not working, including rupture and
failing eyesight. In fact, Mrs SWIFT had a third
share in the income from twelve houses in Hurst,
but her husband believed she owned them outright,
which is why he had married her.
"All this time the defendant
was drunk and was in the habit of leaving his
wife from time to time. He would be away for weeks
together and would turn up again without giving
any account of where he had been or what he had
been doing during his absence."
The desertion was confirmed and
a maintenance order of 3s a week was made.
AN AUTOMATIC SHOUTER TO
RELIEVE CAR CONDUCTORS
"The phonographic enunciator
for street cars is the new American device to relieve
the over-worked conductor of the trouble of shouting
the names of streets while giving passengers a better
chance to understand when they have arrived at their
destinations. It is a phonograph instrument of peculiar
pattern and is intended to be placed above the door
at the forward end of the car. On approaching a
crossing, the conductor presses a button and the
apparatus yells: Wicker Arches! Change for
Pitsmoor! Any place of special interest might
be similarly announced, such as a theatre, a big
shop or an hotel."