About 9.30 on Sunday night, a number of people
were standing in the middle of the roadway on
Bardsley Bridge waiting for an electric car to
pass to take them to Ashton. An electric car came
along, and the intending passengers stepped on
to the side of the roadway. As they did so, a
wagonette loaded with passengers, and drawn by
three horses, belonging to the Waterhead Carriage
Company, Oldham, ran right into them, knocking
several to the ground.
One young lady named Florence TAYLOR,
4, Bridge-street, Hooley Hill, received severe
injuries, the wagonette apparently passing over
her body. The electric car was brought to a standstill,
and first aid was rendered by Motorman Gilbert
McCLANG and Conductor BEELEY. The young lady was
placed in the electric car and taken to Dr BOWMANs
surgery in Wellington-road, Ashton, where her
injuries were attended to.
LIMEHURST COUNCIL SURVEYOR
CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION
A Question of "Animus" and "Private
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
Samuel E KETTLEWELL, surveyor for the Limehurst
District Council, was charged with obstruction at
Waterloo on April 23rd. Defendant, who was represented
by Mr TAYLOR, clerk to the Limehurst Council, pleaded
Evidence was given by a constable
that on the evening of the 22nd April the defendant
left a load of setts which had been tipped in
Newmarket-road, Waterloo, and which remained there
for 12 hours, to the inconvenience of the traffic.
The setts were on the right hand side of the road,
and there was no light guarding them. Witness
called at defendants house the same night
to acquaint him, and was told he had gone to bed.
Defendants son had gone out, and witness
called again about nine oclock, but he had
not returned. Witness went about 8.30 the following
morning and the stones were lying in the same
Cross-examined by Mr TAYLOR: The
stones lay as if tipped out of the cart. Complaints
were made by a farmer who said it was a disgrace
to have it lying in front of any mans door.
There was a footpath between the stones and the
house close by. He did not know that the stones
were broken up and used by 10.30 the same morning.
Mr TAYLOR: This was the very last
load of stones to be used for the work, and it
is absurd and preposterous to suppose that the
stones can be carted back every night. It is a
flimsy and altogether unwarrantable charge; it
is done to gratify some private spite.
The Magistrates clerk: I am
surprised that a clerk to a rural authority should
use remarks of that kind.
Mr TAYLOR: I do that because I know
there is a great deal of animus against our surveyor.
This has been prompted by private individuals
to gratify their animus against the surveyor.
It is simply absurd that we should be brought
here. There were only 50 paving stones left; they
were part of the last load, and were counted by
the man who overheard the person complaining to
the police about them. The man went to Mr MAWDSLEY,
who lives close by, and asked him to look at them,
and he said he did not see much to complain about.
The Magistrates Clerk quoted
a case to show that a surveyor leaving stones
on a road under repair without sufficient light
at night might be convicted of wilful obstruction.
The Bench fined defendant 10s and costs.
DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES Daniel LOMAS
failed to appear at the Ashton County Police Court
on Wednesday, to answer a charge of being drunk
and disorderly on licensed premises at Hurst on
April 20th. A constable deposed to the defendant
going into the Miners Refuge, Hurst, in a
drunken state, but was refused any drink.
fined 5s 6d and costs or 14 days.
Two batches of youths were before the Ashton County
Justices on Wednesday, charged with obstructing
footpaths at Hurst on April 21st. Their names
were Edward WRIGHT, Robert DEWHURST, James CARTWRIGHT,
Ralph ENITEN, Albert MILLS, Alfred SMITH, James
OUSEY, Edward KNOTT and John TAYLOR. They
all pleaded guilty, and CARTWRIGHT, who had been
up before, was fined 5s, and the others 2s 5d.
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
We understand that the vacancy caused by the
retirement of Constable HUNTER, at Waterloo, is
to be filled by Constable NEWTON of Mossley, who
will shortly be transferred to his new district.
TRANSFER OF LICENCE
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
the licence of the Newmarket Inn was transferred
from Wm. GARSIDE to Emily TRAVIS.
DOG WITHOUT LICENCE
Edwin Holmes pleaded guilty, at the Ashton County
Police Court on Wednesday, to having a dog without
licence on April 16th, and was fined 5s 6d and
NO NAME ON CART Frederick
SUTCLIFFE failed to appear at the Ashton County
Police Court on Wednesday to answer a charge of
having no name on his cart on April 22nd, at Bardsley,
and was fined 2s 6d and costs.
BOWLING HANDICAP Under
the auspices of the Waterloo Conservative Club,
a bowling handicap was held on their green on
Saturday, when there were 31 entries. The attendance
was good and the result as follows: 1st prize,
J CARTWRIGHT; 2nd T DITCHFIELD; 3rd J BUCKLEY.
The party were afterwards entertained to tea,
and a most enjoyable evening was spent.
TWO DISORDERLIES John
CLEMINSHAW and John SYKES were before the Ashton
County Police Court justices on Wednesday charged
with being drunk and disorderly at Bardsley on
20th April. A constable stated that at
3.15 on the afternoon in question he saw the defendants
drunk and making use of bad language. When witness
approached them, SYKES said "Lets punce
him to death." Defendants said they
were on their knees gathering up beetroots when
the constable came and charged them with cussing.
CATHOLIC MAY CELEBRATIONS
ST MARYS A much-looked-for event
in the Catholic Churches of Ashton is the crowning
of the image of the Blessed Virgin, which is done
on the first Sunday in May of each year. For weeks
beforehand, the dresses and costumes are prepared
by the parents of the children, who long to see
their little ones in the procession a credit to
their school and themselves. Not only are the parents
busy, but the teachers also, and on them a great
deal of the success of the celebration depends.
To judge by the attendance at both
churches on Sunday last, there appeared to be
no lack of interest shown either by Catholics
or non-Catholics, as many of the latter were present
in order to see ceremonies, the like of which
are never seen in their own place of worship.
We doubt if ever before St Marys Church
showed to such advantage as it did on Sunday night,
and the members of the congregation who were present
must have felt a thrill of pride when they saw
the altar so beautifully and profusely decorated
with many coloured flowers, an image of the Blessed
Virgin being especially prominent in this respect.
The rosary was recited by Father
TWOMEY, who also preached a very instructive and
eloquent sermon on the Mother of God. The procession
itself was equal in every respect to its predecessors,
and was much on the same lines. The crossbearer,
Mr J EGAN, and the acolyte were at the head and
followed by the May Queen, Miss Agnes MULLEN,
a pretty little girl of about four, most tastefully
attired in a dress of pale blue silk, with a long
train of the same material lined with cream silk
and trimmed with lace. She carried a bouquet of
pure white flowers, and her train was borne by
two little girls, Misses Kathleen SMETHURST and
Alice SHERBURNE. Immediately in their wake came
the crown bearer, Miss Dorothy BYRNE, carrying
a beautiful crown of white lilies on a velvet
cushion. She was followed by a number of girls
robed in white and wearing both wreaths and veils,
also by 25 girls dressed in the same colour and
bearing beautiful white lilies. After these walked
the boys, whose dark clothes formed a marked contrast
to the white costumes of the girls.
A statue of the Virgin, beautifully
decorated, was carried by four girls. The Children
of Mary came next, wearing white veils and cloaks
of delicate blue. Following them were the second
acolytes with the rector, Father TWOMEY. Just
as the statue was crowned, the beauty of the altar
was greatly enhanced by the appearance of electric
lights. They seemed to be all over, along the
sides and across the altar; at the tops of the
candles and clustering round the statue itself
in a blaze of splendour.
RETURN TO ASHTON FROM SOUTH AFRICA
During the past week, Farrier-Sergeant MILLER
of the Duke of Lancasters Own Yeomanry, has
returned from South Africa. Farrier-sergeant MILLER
was one of the yeomanry volunteers who left Ashton
for the front 18 months ago and who were prior to
departure given a hearty send-off at the George
and Dragon Hotel. He set sail from Liverpool on
February 10th 1899. And on the 18th of last month
he embarked at Capetown for home on the steamship
Canada which arrived at Southampton on Sunday morning.
"Dick" who is as well
known by this familiar pseudonym as his brother
"Ted", mine host of the Brunswick Hotel,
has had a good share of the fighting in the campaign
in South Africa, and to use his own expression,
would have liked to have "stopped it out",
but fate ruled otherwise. He happened an accident
by falling from a kopje, and broke his ankle,
in addition to dislocating the bone. He was then
some 150 miles from "nowhere", and had
to be jolted about for that distance for seven
days before reaching the railway, by which he
was conveyed to the hospital at Jackalsfontein
to have the bone set.
He is at present over on a months
furlough, and will probably get his discharge,
although there is a strong inducement to return
on account of an excellent situation in the veterinary
line having been offered him at Capetown, but
he has a predilection for Old England and the
forge of Messrs MILLER and Sons in Park-street,
of which he has charge.
Land has been taken this week for another new
cotton mill by the same gentlemen who have founded
the Minerva, the Rock, the Atlas and the Curzon.
The site is now occupied by old Portland House,
at the end of Portland-street, on the canal side.
This almost historic old building will be cleared
away, and the land to the east of it. Upon this
ground will be built a splendid new factory for
fine counts 60s to 80s. It will
not therefore compete with any other Ashton mill.
HEGINBOTTOM SCHOOL BOTANY STUDENTS
The class in botany at the above school
visited Broadbottom on Saturday afternoon, the
rendezvous being Hodge Hall and grounds, owned
by Mr MIDDLETON. A goodly number of interesting
plants were noticed and described, such as honesty,
greater periwinkle, jessamine, berberry, sarine,
Jews mallow, columbine, bladder fern, crassnia
syco-pedicides (a very rare plant from Kew Gardens,
London), and other plants, including barrenwort
in full flower.
THE CLOSING OF REFRESHMENT HOUSES
At the Ashton County Police Court on
Wednesday, William JONES, Thomas SLATER and Joseph
Henry PEEL were charged with keeping their refreshment
houses open during prohibited hours. Superintendent
HEWITT said that on the 6th of last month the
defendants were found selling refreshments after
11 oclock at night. It was entirely a question
of law. He had been in consultation with various
authorities, and there were differences of opinion
on the matter. He could not see any other course
than to accept the advice of the Magistrates
Clerk, and withdraw the summons. If the Bench
wished to hear the matter, however, he was prepared
to go through it. Mr POWNALL said he had
invited the Excise Authorities, and offered them
facilities to prosecute any similar case, and
his clients were quite prepared to have a case
stated and to appeal. The cases were withdrawn.
ACCIDENT TO AN ASHTON CRICKETER
An accident occurred on Friday afternoon
which will deprive the Ashton Cricket Club of
the services of their professional, Thomas COLEMAN,
for some time. COLEMAN and the other professional,
Thomas HOLDEN, were engaged rolling the ground
by means of a horse roller. COLEMAN had occasion
to step on the axle of the roller, and in doing
so, his foot became fast in one of the spokes
and was severely crushed. The injuries were promptly
attended to by a doctor.
PERMISSION TO SELL On Thursday, at the
Police Court, Samuel MASSEY applied for temporary
permission to sell at the Black Horse Inn, Oxford-road,
in place of Francis KILROY. Superintendent
COOPER said the applicant had been well known to
the police for years, he having been at one time
licensee of the Wheat Sheaf Inn, and he had conducted
it respectably. Granted.
THE RIFLE CLUB A dozen
members of the Dukinfield Rifle Club turned up
at Hough Hill Range on Saturday. The weather was
not altogether favourable to good scoring, the
wind being high. The best scores at 100 yards
were made by J P CAHILL 23, T HARRISON 22, J BARDSLEY
22, F HOWARD 22, A DANIELS 22, W DAVIES 21, and
A P JAMISON 20. The shooting at 200 yards was
A STREET OBSTRUCTION
On Thursday, at the Police Court, Robert FURNESS
was summoned for leaving his horse and vehicle
in the street for 20 minutes so as to be an obstruction
to traffic. Defendant said he was guilty
of leaving the horse, but he did not think it
would be 20 minutes. Constable 112 stated
that at 12 midday he saw the defendants
horse and van standing opposite a shop in King-street.
The half of the road was up and the horse was
stretched halfway across the other half. Two vehicles
had to pull up before they could pass. He watched
the horse for ten minutes and stood beside it
another ten, when the defendant came out of a
shop. He had warned defendant about a similar
offence a month ago. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
Jubilee of a Christian Worker
The members and Sunday School workers of the
Methodist New Connexion Church, Wellington-street,
Dukinfield, made an interesting presentation at
their annual meeting on Monday night to Mr John
Compstone FELL, as a mark of appreciation of 50
years of Christian work, first as scholar, then
teacher and superintendent, and now president of
the Sunday School. A presentation was also made
to Mrs FELL, who has proved herself an agreeable
help-meet in all her husbands affairs.
The presentation to Mr FELL took
the form of an illuminated address, and that to
Mrs FELL consisted of a silver tea service. The
illuminated address, designed and executed by
Messrs J ANDREW and Co, Ashton-under-Lyne, was
in album, form, bound in dark Morocco leather,
decorated in gold, and the monogram of the recipient
embossed on the side.