PLATE-GLASS WINDOW SMASH AT ASHTON
A most mysterious occurrence took place about
8.30 on Tuesday morning at a shop in Oldham-road,
Ashton, occupied by Mr H WEBB, cycle agent. Without
any apparent cause, and not even the slightest
warning, the large plate-glass window in front
of the shop fell out, shivered into a thousand
fragments. A lady who was passing the shop just
managed to jump back in time to miss the falling
Mr WEBB was in the yard at the time,
and heard what he describes as a sort of buzzing
noise followed by a crash, and he was not aware
at the time that it was his own shop window which
was broken. A woman who was standing near the
shop declared that she saw a flame dart forth
from the upper part of the window. On the contrary,
some policemen standing near saw or heard nothing
but the crash. Plumbers were sent for, and an
investigation was made, but the cause of the occurrence
could not be discovered. The gas mantles and globes
were in no way disturbed.
SEQUEL TO AN ELECTRIC TRAMCAR
COLLISION AT ASHTON
At Ashton County Court on Thursday, a claim
was made by Thomas COCKS, drayman in the employment
of Messrs Gartside Limited, Brookside Brewery, Ashton,
against the Oldham, Ashton, and Hyde Electric Tramway
Company for £25 damages for personal injuries received
by him, alleged to have been due to the negligence
of a servant of the defendant company in the driving
of a tramcar, which ran into his dray in Stockport-road,
near to Duncan-street West, on August 22nd last.
Mr BRIERLEY appeared for the plaintiff; and Mr Roe
RYCROFT was for the defendant company.
Thomas COCKS said that on August
22nd, about 6pm, he was in charge of a horse and
dray going along Stockport-road from the direction
of Guidebridge, going at a walking speed. He was
sitting on a barrel in front of the dray. When
opposite Duncan-street West when he turned the
horse to go down the latter street in the direction
of the brewery. To do this he had to cross the
tram lines, and as he was doing so an electric
car ran into him and threw him off the lurry on
to the curbstones. He never heard a bell ring.
His head struck the curbstone and he was knocked
dizzy. His head commenced bleeding in two places
and one of his fingers was hurt. He was taken
to Dr CHEETHAM's surgery, and was laid up in bed
for a fortnight. He did not work until seven weeks
after the accident, and had to be put in a lighter
job. He had not had a night's sleep since the
accident, and had lost weight. His wages averaged
30s a week. He had been in the employment at the
brewery company for about 20 years.
By Mr RYCROFT: He was about 40 yards
behind another dray returning to the brewery.
He did not see a lurry containing furniture following
behind. He would naturally have seen the tram
approaching if he had looked behind.
Percy ANDREW, telegraph messenger,
said he was taking a message to Messrs Gartside
at the time of the accident, and was sitting at
the back of the dray. He suddenly heard someone
shout "heigh up," and he jumped off the dray,
and on looking round saw the car. The car caught
the back of the dray and knocked the driver off.
By Mr RYCROFT: He was riding on the lurry unknown
to the driver. He noticed another Gartside's dray
about 12 or 13 yards in front.
Harry ROWLES, drayman for the Midland
Railway Company, deposed to seeing the tramcar
strike the dray in the rear. The car was going
about seven or eight miles an hour. No bell was
rung. The driver of the car applied the brake
as hard as he could, but it was too late. The
first warning sound which witness heard was the
shout "heigh up." By Mr RYCROFT: Witness
was about twenty yards from Duncan-street when
the accident occurred. The car was then about
fifteen yards off. By looking round plaintiff
might have avoided the accident. Witness never
heard the bell ring. The motorman seemed mesmerised.
Jos ROBERTS, labourer at Gorton
Tank, said the car driver seemed to be trying
to gauge it too fine and to pass the lurry without
stopping the car. Witness never heard a bell ring.
COCKS did not turn suddenly.
Mr RYCROFT called the witnesses
for the defence. Robert TATTERSALL, cotton twiner,
12 Chadwick-street, Ashton, deposed to being a
passenger on the car. The driver rang his bell
more than once between the Corporation Arms and
Duncan-street. Witness looked up the road and
saw two drays and a furniture van in the roadway.
Plaintiff made a sudden turn, and before he could
guess across the metals the car ran into him.
The moment he turned off the car -driver shut
off the power and put the brake on with all his
might. Witness was positive the bell was rung.
By Mr BRIERLEY: He always got in the front part
of the car because he was a little bit nervous.
The car was going at a pretty good speed.
Re-examined by Mr RYCROFT: The car had got from
15 to 20 feet from the street-end when the driver
of the lurry turned.
Mr George EMBURY, 303 Katherine-street,
Ashton, cork carpet improver, stated that he was
standing at the corner of Duncan-street and Stockport-road
when the accident occurred. Before plaintiff's
horse was properly across the metals the car ran
into the lurry. Witness heard the bell ringing
all the way up from the Corporation Arms. A deaf
man could have heard it.
Edward ROWLEY, greengrocer and carrier,
Faulkner-street, Oldham, said he was driving a
furniture van along the road. He heard the bell
ring several times before the accident. COCKS
was travelling as straight as a "bant" and then
turned suddenly on to the metals. Witness shouted
out, "Tha foo what art turning for?" The car immediately
afterwards struck the dray about the middle.
Ernest CHANDLER, 92 Hamilton-street,
Ashton, said he was the driver of the car. When
he saw the vehicles ahead he rang the bell. Plaintiff
pulled straight across the metals when witness
was only about six or seven yards away. Witness
applied the emergency brake and this brought the
car almost to a standstill. There was no time
to stop the car before the collision. There was
nothing whatever to indicate that the plaintiff
intended to cross the metals. The car struck the
front wheel of the dray.
Ernest Thornton TODD, assistant
engineer to the defendant company, deposed to
being a traveller on the car. The driver did everything
he possibly could to avoid an accident. He could
not have stopped the car sooner. The bell was
rung several times. The maximum speed allowed
was eight miles an hour.
His Honour addressed the jury at
some length and said that they had to find first
whether the accident was occasioned by negligent
conduct on the part of the servant of the defendant
company, and if they found that they would have
to say what amount the plaintiff was entitled
to. They could not give him more than £8 1s for
the amount he had lost in wages, and he should
not advise them, if they gave anything, to give
more than £1 for doctor's fees. If they found
for the plaintiff they were entitled to give him
some compensation for the pain and suffering which
he had undergone. They need not be guided by sympathy
for the plaintiff. They were all sorry for him.
The jury found a verdict for the
defendant company, and that it was a pure accident,
there being contributory negligence on the part
of the plaintiff.
PERMISSION TO SELL. On Wednesday, at the
Ashton County Police Court, William SHAW applied
for an interim order to sell at the Rising Sun Inn,
Hurst, in place of Dorothy SHAW, his mother. He
said he had assisted her in the business for many
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
Alexander MARLAND and Lawrence KENNEDY were summoned
for committing a breach of the peace at Hurst
on the 18th ult. They pleaded guilty and
were bound over to keep the peace for three months
in their own recognisances of 40s, and pay the
cost. In default seven days.
ACCIDENT IN THE MINE.
A miner named Henry GREEN, who formerly kept the
Lord Nelson Inn at Hurst Nook, was severely crushed
on Thursday whilst following his employment at
Hurst Nook Colliery by a fall of stone from the
"roof." GREEN's shoulder was dislocated, and he
was also severely cut about the head. His mate,
a man named COLLIE, who resides at Waterloo, was
working near GREEN when the "roof" fell upon them,
and he also sustained severe injuries. Both men
are progressing satisfactorily.
A CAUTION TO HOUSEWIVES:
On Wednesday, at the Ashton County Police Court,
Maria BRIDGE, of King-street (Hurst), was summoned
for wasting water. Mr F W BROMLEY, Town Clerk,
said he appeared to prosecute on behalf of the Joint
Waterworks Committee, and the defendant was charged
wilfully wasting and misusing water by swilling
her flags with it.
On the 9th of November two workmen
in the employ of the Committee were passing the
defendant's house and saw her swilling the flags,
which was an offence under the Act. As the bench
were aware they had been passing through a time
of very great trial with regard to the scarcity
of water. The Clerk: And the Joint Committee
have issued notices against swilling. Mr
BROMLEY: That is so, The Clerk: And advertised
Mr BROMLEY said the chairman of
the Committee had appealed to the public through
the press from his position in the Town Council
to be careful in the use of water, and he must
ask their worships, if the case be proved to their
satisfaction, to inflict a penalty which would
act as a deterrent to all consumers of water,
They had power to fine up to 40s.
Defendant said she only used one
bucket of clean water. The Clerk: Are you
married? Defendant: I am a widow with ten
children. Any working? Yes, five. I hope
you will be lenient. Mr Abel BUCKLEY fined
defendant 5s and costs and told her to take very
great care of the water. There might be a long
SERIOUS CHARGE AGAINST BOYS
Placing Obstructions on the Railway
Two boys named Percy CAINE and Cecil EMERY were
summoned for obstructing the rails of the Oldham,
Ashton, and Guidebridge Railway Co on 2nd November.
Mr LYNDE said he appeared to prosecute, on behalf
of the Great Central Railway. They were charged
under the Malicious Damage Act, 1861, section 35,
with unlawfully and maliciously placing on or across
the line of the Great Central Railway Company, near
Turner-lane tunnel, 28 three and four inch wire
nails, "with intent to obstruct, upset, overthrow,
injure, or destroy," &c.
The Clerk: That is the section.
I don't suppose that was their intention. They
put the nails there to get them flattened by the
engine, the same as boys put pins on tramways.
It is with the same object that boys put pins
on the little wagon roads in the old days to make
swords of them. Of course they ought not to do
it. Mr LYNDE said if it was not done maliciously,
it was done mischievously. The lads were 13 years
of age, and the Bench had power to deal with the
On the 2nd November last, 28 of
these nails were found placed upon the up rails
near Turner-lane tunnel. At that point there was
a very sharp curve, and the gradient was one in
seventy, and it would not take a large object
to derail a train. The nails were not placed in
a row, but were piled one upon another, three
or four inches high. The company did not wish
to press the case, but in consequence of many
complaints of stone throwing and obstruction on
the lines at this point he asked the assistance
of the bench to stop this sort of thing.
The Clerk: To be a deterrent to other people,
and to show that they cannot do these things with
impunity. Mr LYNDE: That is so.
John KILLEY was called. He said
he was a foreman platelayer in the employ of GCR.
He was on duty near Turner-lane tunnel, and found
the nails produced placed crossways upon the down
and up rails. He drew porter SHARPLEY's attention
to them, and they took the nails to the stationmaster.
Harry SHARPLEY said he was a porter stationed
at Ashton Oldham-road station. He was walking
on the line towards Turner-lane when he saw the
defendants leaning on the fence looking on to
the line near the tunnel. His suspicions were
aroused, and he got over the fence, and the defendants
ran away. The last witness then called his attention
to the nails on the line. He reported the matter
to Inspector COTTRELL. He afterwards saw the defendants
again, and they ran away, but he got their names
from a girl.
The Clerk: What have you got to
say? Defendant CAINE: We did not intend
to do any harm. Detective-inspector COTTRELL
stated that in consequence of the complaints that
had been made on the Saturday, he went the next
day with Sergeant TOLSON to the house of the defendant
CAINE. He showed him the nails produced, and asked
him to account for them being on the rails. He
said , "I brought them from home, and both me
and Cecil EMERY put some on the rails. We wanted
to see the trains flatten them." He afterwards
saw defendant EMERY. He cautioned him, and he
replied, "We put them on, and when we saw the
porter we ran away.."
CAINE's father here appealed to
the Bench to deal with the lads as leniently as
possible. He had tried his best to bring his son
up properly, and that was the first time he had
known him to get into trouble. He hoped the Bench
would not inflict any punishment that would be
detrimental to them in their after life. The company
did not wish to press the case any further than
was possible, and although he had eight children,
he would do his utmost to pay the expenses.
The Bench retired to consider the
case, and after a brief absence returned,
Mr T HULME said the magistrates had thought the
case over very seriously It was a case which could
not be passed over with a leniency which some
people might justify. It was a very serious matter
to place these nails where there was a considerable
curve. Had a train gone over, death and destruction
might have been caused to the passengers therein.
He need not tell them because they were apparently
lads who had had a fairly good education, that
they knew the seriousness of the obstruction they
were putting on the rails. As the company did
not wish to press the case unduly, they would
take that into consideration in some measure,
but the Bench trusted that this would be a warning,
not only to the defendants, but other lads who
were in the habit of congregating about goods
yards and railway stations in general. They would
each be fined 10s as costs, in default seven days.
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE COURT
BAD BOY SENT TO A REFORMATORY. Wright
PEARSON, aged 13, was in the dock charged with attempted
till robbery under the following circumstances.:
James HOYLE said: I am a family grocer at 28 Stockport-road,
Ashton-under-Lyne. About 6 o'clock on Thursday I
was in the house having my tea when I heard the
bell in the cash drawer ring. I immediately ran
into the shop and saw the prisoner returning over
the counter. I asked him what he had been doing,
and he said, "nothing." I told him he had been at
the drawer because I had heard the bell ring. He
then said he did not see anyone in the shop, and
he had pulled the bell to draw my attention. I did
not miss anything from the till. Prisoner
said he did not intend to take anything "at first."
The Clerk: But you intended to take something "at
last." Prisoner: I will not do it again if
you let me off this time. The Clerk: You have
told us that before. Prisoner's father came
forward, and told the Bench that the best plan would
be to send him to some school to break him of his
present habits, The Chief Constable said the lad
had been up three times, and fined once and whipped
twice. The Clerk: I have told him what the
consequences would be if he did not mend his ways.
_ The Bench committed prisoner to a reformatory
until he is 16 years of age.
THE GAMING NUISANCE.
Two lads, named Thomas PURLEY and Albert KEELING,
were summoned for gaming in Moss-street on the
23rd ult. They pleaded not guilty. Constable
TOMELTY stated that at 3.55pm he was in Cavendish-street,
and saw defendants playing at cards. They admitted
they were gaming.. Defendants produced the
cards. They turned out to be snap cards, and BURLEY
said he was only showing them to KEELING
The Bench did not seem to think the defendants
could gamble with such cards, and although what
the officer had said might be correct, they would
give the lads another chance and dismiss the case.
If they came up again they would be severely dealt
with. James HALL was summoned for gaming
in Raynor-lane on the 24th ult. He pleaded not
guilty. Constable TOMELTY stated that at
10.45 on Sunday morning he was in Raynor-lane
and saw the defendant and others gaming at cards
at the corner of the cricket field. As soon as
they saw him they ran away. He gave chase and
caught the defendant. Chief Constable said
there was nothing known against the defendant.
The Chairman said while they had no doubt as to
the credibility of the offer's statement, as there
was nothing recorded against defendant, they would
discharge him this time with a caution.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLIES.
Henry BENT, whose wife appeared, was charged with
being drunk and disorderly in Cricket's Lane on
the 26th ult. The case having been proved, Inspector
LUDLAM informed the Bench that defendant had been
up 13 times. Fined 10s and costs.
Mary Ann KELLY was charged with a similar offence
in Wych-street on the 23rd November. Defendant
said she had three orphan children. The
Clerk: That is more reason why you should not
get drunk, because you have something else to
do with your money. Inspector LUDLAM said
she had been up six times. Mr T HULME: It
is a terrible thing, this drinking among women.
We have tried to stop it, without success; and
we don't know what to do. Will you promise to
be different? Defendant: Yes, sir.
Mr HULME: Then upon that promise you will be discharged.
William CARSON was charged with being drunk and
disorderly in Catherine-street on Sunday, December
1st. He pleaded guilty. Constable HAWCOURT
said defendant told him he got his drink at a
club in Bengal. It was Sunday noon. Mr KELSALL:
It is one of those fancy clubs which carries on
business all Sunday over. Simply a drinking club.
Constable HAWCOURT added that, when searched,
defendant had a bottle upon him half full of whisky.
Mr HULME said they could not look over disorderly
conduct like this, especially on a Sunday morning.
A man drunk in the street on Sunday morning. It
was disgraceful. Fined 5s 6d costs.
RESISTING THE POLICE.
Thomas and Alice GOODING, man and wife, were summoned
for unlawfully resisting Constable WILLIAMSON
in the execution of his duty on the26th ult. They
pleaded guilty. Constable WILLIAMSON stated
that at 10.30 on the morning of the date named
he went to the defendants' house to arrest a man
under a warrant. The defendants denied the man
was there, but witness knew he was inside, and
proceeded to go upstairs. The defendants, however,
obstructed him, and pulled him down two or three
stairs. Sergeant WILD got hold of them, and then
witness went upstairs and found the man he wanted
concealed. They read the warrant to the defendants.
Defendant: He read the warrant after he had been
upstairs. We were ignorant that we were doing
anything wrong. The Chairman: Not in resisting
a constable in the execution of his duty?
Defendant: No, in coming into our house.
Constable WILLIAMSON added that previous to entering
the house he had seen the man he wanted inside
on looking through the window. They knew he was
there, In reply to the Bench the Chief Constable
said he knew nothing against the defendants before.
The Chairman: You will be fined 5s 6d each for
costs, and at the same time I must tell you it
is a serious matter to resist the police in the
execution of their duty, and if you are brought
here again on a charge of this description you
will not be so leniently dealt with as you have
been this morning. Defendant: I shall not
come again if I can help it.
FELL WHISLT IN DRINK.
Harry PUGH appeared before the magistrates with
a bandaged head, the result of falling, charged
with being drunk in Church-street, on December
2nd. Defendant pleaded not guilty, and in
reply to the Bench said his occupation was that
of a window cleaner, and he also ran errands for
shops in Stamford-street. Discharged with
A DESERTER. John Wm
McGAULEY was in the dock charged with deserting
from the Yorkshire Light Infantry at Pontefract,
on October 8th 1901. Constable BATLEY deposed
to prisoner surrendering himself in Cavendish-street.
The Chairman asked if the constable was entitled
to the usual bonus, the Magistrates' Clerk (Mr
C H BOOTH) replying that this was not allowed
when a man surrendered. Prisoner pleaded
guilty to the offence, and was remanded in custody
to await an escort.
A VIOLENT ASHTON BUTCHER.
A respectably dressed man named Richard PARKER,
who described himself as a butcher in Ashton,
was in the dock on a double charge of being drunk
and disorderly in Stamford-street and assaulting
Constable DIXON in the West End police office
on December 4th. To the first charge the
prisoner pleaded guilty, but in answer to the
second charge he said he did not remember that.
Constable DIXON deposed to being on duty in Stamford-street
at a quarter to ten on the night in question.
When he saw a large crowd opposite the Spread
Eagle Hotel. Prisoner was in the doorway and the
landlord was trying to eject him. Witness advised
him to go away. Prisoner returned to the Spread
Eagle and was ejected a second time, whereupon
witness took him into custody. On the way down
Stamford-street prisoner said no b
white man would have to take him. A struggle ensued
and both fell on the ground, and witness had great
difficulty in getting the handcuffs on. At the
West End police station prisoner struck witness
a cowardly blow without any warning. Prisoner
said he had had nothing to drink for 18 months.
He went out on some business and had three or
four glasses of stout and a small drop of spirits.
He did not remember anything more, and was fairly
muddled. The Chief Constable said there
were eight previous convictions against the prisoner.
The Bench fined the prisoner 5s 6d, and costs,
or 14 days for being drunk and disorderly, and
10s and costs, or 14 days, for the assault, the
Chairman remarking that if he came up again he
would have to go to prison.
FIRE AT ASHTON GASWORKS
Information was received at the Ashton Police
Station at 7.15 on Friday night, from James HARTHEN,
that the storeroom at the Ashton Gasworks was on
fire. The alarm bells were rung, and a contingent
of firemen dispatched to the scene. Upon the arrival
of the fire brigade the fire was found to be underneath
the floor of the storeroom in the second storey
of the building. A branch pipe was got to work from
the main in Katherine-street and also from the main
in Burlington-street. The volume of water directed
on to the flames had an appreciable effect, and
after working about 15 minutes the fire was extinguished,
the damage done being light. The origin of the fire
is not stated.
SINGULAR DEATH AT ASHTON
The death took place in the Ashton Union Workhouse
Hospital, at 11.55am on Sunday, of George Thomas
CRITCHLOW, aged 50 years, of 126 Church-street,
Ashton. Deceased was admitted into the workhouse
hospital on July 25th suffering from a contused
hip. He had resided at the aforementioned address
for about eight or nine years, along with his daughter,
Hannah JACKSON, wife of Thomas Hadfield JACKSON,
bobbin carrier, during which time he had suffered
from bronchitis, and last Easter was treated for
this complaint by Dr MANN.
On July 23rd, about 10.30am, he
got up from his bed to go into the back yard.
When he had got three or four steps downstairs
his daughter heard him fall, and on going downstairs
she found him lying near the back kitchen door.
He said that he had missed his footing on the
stairs and had fallen. He was placed on the sofa,
and Dr HAMILTON was sent for, on whose arrival
he made an examination, and found a bruise on
the left hip. He ordered deceased's removal to
the hospital, and this was done as aforestated.
"Mister," said a sharp, ragged
lad to a man who was overdriving a worn-out horse.
"Does yer want yer horse 'olding?" "No," said the
man, "this horse won't run away." "I don't mean
'old 'im fast so's he won't run away; I meant 'old
him up so's he won't drop."