9 March 1901
DRUMMER BOYS HEROISM
There was an extract from the Portsmouth Times
in the Reporter concerning a drummer boy serving
in South Africa who was originally from Hurst
and had joined the Manchester Regiment and later
transferred to the Hampshires. It quoted a letter
from Sergeant GLIDDENS and read:
"Having read with pleasure
of the admiration shown by Hampshire people of
the bravery and heroic conduct of Bugler DUNNE
whom every good soldier admires, I should like
them to know that they have a boy of their own
county regiment of whom they may be equally proud,
but of whom nothing has been said.
"At the battle of Karres when
things were looking a bit lively and ammunition
was being freely expended, this lad Drummer
MacDONALD aged 16 was to be seen fearlessly
running from man to man distributing ammunition
with as much pleasure and coolness as if he had
been giving buns away at some tea-fight, with
not even a thought of the great risk he was running.
But you could not help noticing the look of disappointing
on his face when he was ordered to lie down by
his Colour Sergeant who was wounded himself shortly
FAREWELL TO AN ASHTONIAN
"On Tuesday evening, the friends of Mr
J JOHNSON of Ashton who is emigrating to Canada
met at the Spread Eagle Hotel, Stamford-street to
bid farewell. Over thirty persons sat down to an
excellent supper provided by Mr and Mrs G H CROPPER.
A musical evening was afterwards spent under the
chairmanship of Mr J BOWKER who made a few remarks
appropriate to the occasion.
"The following contributed
songs: Miss C COOPER, Sergt FORRESTER, Messrs
T CROPPER, Tom DAVIES, J SOLOMANS, J MOSS, H BRIERLEY,
W COOPER and G COOPER. Mr Fred BALL: gave a violin
solo and Mr T COOPER recited Kissing Cups
THE KINGS OATH
A PROTEST BY FATHER MURRAY OF ASHTON
The simmering unrest between Protestants and
Catholics took another turn after King Edward VII
opened Parliament taking an oath that specifically
rejected the transubstantiation of bread and wine
in the body and blood of Christ during the Sacraments.
"It is no wonder that Catholics
throughout the British Empire have spoken with
one voice and condemned this uncalled for outrage
against our holy religion," railed Father
MURRAY of Ashton. "We do not blame the King.
He is perhaps the victim of circumstances in this
matter. But we emphatically blame those who, having
the power, have not the will to change this infamous
"We do not quarrel with the
law which says that the Sovereign of this country
must profess his belief in the Protestant religion.
If the people of England want a Protestant King,
let them have one, but let him not go out of his
way to insult us and to brand our religion as
superstitious and idolatrous."
ATTEMPTED SUICIDE AT BARDSLEY
"A strange affair which caused considerable
commotion in the neighbourhood happened on Friday
night at Bardsley. About seven oclock, Mrs
GRIMSHAW, the wife of William GRIMSHAW of Oldham-road,
Bardsley, returned to the house after a brief absence.
"When she left, her husband
was upstairs, resting upon the bed, but fully
dressed. On going up, she was horrified to find
him lying there with a revolver by his side and
a wound in the shoulder above the heart. She at
once gave the alarm and Sergeant DOVE and Constable
BARBER were soon on the scene."
The wounded man was taken to Oldham
Infirmary by horse ambulance, but: "He was
so violent, he had to be strapped to the stretcher.
On examination, it was found that GRIMSHAW had
narrowly escaped instant death."
No reason was given for the attempted
suicide. GRIMSHAW was aged 45 and had been a policeman
until nine years before. Since then, he had worked
as a labourer at Messrs Platt Bros and Hartford
GORTON PAST, PRESENT AND
"It is difficult for anyone visiting the
place at the present day to imagine that at the
beginning of Queen Victorias reign, Gorton
was quite a pretty, rural district; that trees,
flowers and birds were plentiful; that lanes bordered
by green banks and hedgerows led past cottages which
were surrounded by neat and attractive gardens.
"Now huge works, thousands
of houses, streets, alleys, slums have obscured
the fields. It is only with the greatest care
that trees are enabled to live. The Gortonian
of this present day has to journey several miles
before he can look upon county such as his grandfather
had at his own door.
"In the year 1801, the number
of houses in Gorton (including West Gorton and
Longsight) was 202 and the population 1,127. Now
we hear of more than 1,500 houses being built
in one year within the boundaries of the present
township alone. The population in the year 1891
was 30,000 and as there has been such enormous
developments over the last decade, it may be safely
estimated that the census this year will show
more than 50,000.
"One need hardly say that as
the human inhabitants have increased in numbers,
the feathered, the finned and the furred inhabitants
have diminished. Such birds as water-hens, coots,
woodcocks, lapwings, snipes and even partridges
were common in this district one hundred years
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