13 April 1901

An inquest was held at Aston on Tuesday on Marion Louisa DAVIES, aged 12, who died from the effects of a dose of tincture of ferride. The child was attended by Dr SMITH who said she was suffering from typhoid fever. He sent her some medicine, but on taking the first dose, she became black in the face, and died in great agony the next morning.

Dr SMITH admitted having made a mistake and sent the wrong bottle. The jury returned a verdict of "Death from misadventure," and added that the doctor should have been more careful in dispensing his medicine.

As usual, Ashton was a great centre of attraction on Easter Monday for the inhabitants of all the districts round and about within easy distance by electric car, horse team, railway trains, horse and cart or shanks pony. It is really amazing what crowds of people flock into the town during the afternoon when the weather is fine as it was on this occasion. It happened to be really the finest, warmest and most brilliant afternoon there has been this century, and full advantage was taken of it for the half-holiday, albeit it was a statutory bank holiday.

The Black Knight, we presume, was the chief attraction. Hundreds of people kept inquiring after that antiquated celebrity. He was nowhere to be discovered by the most patient and persevering search in all parts of the town. We did hear by the by that the old original effigy that has been trotted out on horseback for any number of years had been sold to somebody in Oldham or elsewhere. At all events, with diligent search we could discover no trace of either of the Black Knights that have appeared regularly every Easter Monday for more than thirty years.

They were, of course, getting rather seedy in their apparel, and fitting them out with new velvet clothes may have been beyond the means of the promoters, but there was no reason in that alone why the custom should have been given up, if given up it has been. As the old song says, they could have taken their old cloak about; then for many more years to come, and the antiquity of the garments would only have harmonised all the better with the antiquity of the custom.

Three members of the Ashton P.S.A. Ambulance Class have been accepted for service with the British troops in South Africa. One of these, named H JONES, was present at the meeting on Sunday afternoon, clad in khaki uniform, a red cross badge on his sleeve. He was presented with a marked Testament.

Rev T HOOPER conducted the service, there being a crowded attendance. In referring to the circumstances of Mr JONES shortly embarking on his arduous duties, Mr HOOPER said it required a great deal of courage to shoulder a rifle and go into the heat and peril of battle, but was he not the braver man who grasped a portion of a stretcher, going from one to another fallen soldier whilst the fight was raging, in the thick of the enemy fire, and brought the wounded into a place of safety.

The leader of the Ashton P.S.A., Mr PARK, wrote from Southport, where he had gone to recruit his health, his message to members being received with applause. Miss Annie MORRISON sang two solos, accompanied on the organ by her brother, Mr Thos. MORRISON. Mr C B LOWE was leader of the orchestra and Mrs E H GARSIDE, conductor.

At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, a youth named James WOOD was charged with larceny. William GRIMSHAW, 20 Cowper-street, Hurst, said he owned a shed in a field off Hurst Knowl. The shed was somewhat dilapidated, and the boards on the north side had been carried away by somebody.

On Sunday March 24th, the boards on the south side were intact. On going to the shed on Thursday, the 4th instant, he found a number of boards had been removed from the south side. Witness next saw the missing boards nailed on a pigeon cote a short distance away, belonging to the prisoner. The boards were worth about 3s.

Defendant said he found the boards in a pit and he took them out of the water. He was dismissed with a caution.

At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Thursday, James POTTS, aged 14, was in custody charged with breaking and entering the Ashton cricket pavilion and stealing three lacrosse balls, the property of the committee, on April 2nd; also breaking into the office of Messrs KELSALL Bros, Lower Wharf-street, Ashton, with intent to commit a felony between the 6th and 8th instant; and also breaking into the office of Robert Clayton FISH between the 9th and 10th inst.

Albert BATTY said he was a gardener residing at 14 Hodgson-street, Ashton, and had a garden off Raynor-lane. On going to the pavilion on the date in question, he found it had been broken into, and the three lacrosse balls (produced) stolen. They were worth 5s 3d, or 1s 9d each.

Martin FINAN said he was in the employ of Messrs KELSALL Bros at their office, Lower Warf-street. He locked up the premises on Saturday, April 6th, and on returning next morning, found a window taken clean out. The drawers were broken open and everything ransacked.

Detective-sergeant TOLSON deposed to arresting the prisoner, and on charging him, he admitted each offence. Prisoner had broken into ten shops and had been before the city and borough magistrates. Prisoner said "SLATER" was with him at the time and assisted him, but the latter statement was denied by George SLATER, who was present in court.

Prisoner, who was said to be a cripple, was fined 5s in each case or 15 days imprisonment.

We regret to announce the death, at Hooley Hill, on April 3rd, of Mrs John KEOGH, who up to a few weeks ago lived at the Boar's Head, Stalybridge. Previously she had been an innkeeper at Ashton, holding the license of the Red Lion Hotel, Stamford-street. She came from a family well known in the neighbourhood. Her brother, Mr David TURNER, kept the Star Inn, Old-street, Ashton, for many years. Her mortal remains were interred on Saturday in the family vault at St Peter's Church, Ashton.

Letter to the Editor

Sir, - Quite a new feature in the district is expected at St Peter's Church on Friday night next, when the confirmation takes place. The vicar (the Rev PUGHE-MORGAN) has requested all the female candidates to wear caps alike to be supplied by the vicar at a cost of 8d each. These caps are not made of the normal material we are accustomed to see. The light tulle cap is discarded, and the caps to be worn, it is stated, are to be made of "nuns veiling" or a material similar in texture and nature, and were originally to be adorned with a cross.

No doubt many of the candidates would very much prefer to suit their own tastes as to the kind of cap they would prefer to wear. Any candidate who wishes to be confirmed in the ordinary cap may be so, notwithstanding the alleged refusal of the vicar to present them to the Bishop. In the case of an actual refusal, the candidate may be presented for confirmation by her God-parents or other responsible relatives.

I believe no law or precedent can be found where the vicar has the right to interfere with the liberty of the people as to how or how they shall not be dressed. Hoping the new clerical-millinery business will not flourish in this town. — Yours etc.

Every Man to His Own Trade
Ashton, April 9th 1901

A number of people were summoned at the Manchester City Police Court on Wednesday for allowing their premises to be used for the purpose of betting. Defendant in the first case was a barber named Ernest BAILEY, plying his profession in Blackthorn-street, Beswick. On raiding the shop, Inspector BARBER found close upon fifty betting slips and a ledger having reference to 342 bets on the Grand National amounting to 36 9s 9d and 8 2s 6d respectively. Defendant was fined 10 and costs.

On Tuesday afternoon, an interesting wedding was celebrated at the Parish Church, Ashton-under-Lyne. The contracting parties were Mr Reginald BOARDMAN of Oldham-road, Ashton and Miss Florrie LEES, youngest daughter of Mr Henry LEES of Old-square, Ashton.

The, who was attired in a very pretty dress of white China silk, trimmed with chiffon and Brussels lace, was given away by her brother, Mr S LEES (owing to the temporary indisposition of her father). Miss Hettie LEES and Miss BOARDMAN, each of whom wore white muslin dresses over turquoise with lace fichus, and black bats, and carried shower bouquets, the gift of the bridegroom. Mr Richard ARDERN, of Mossley-road, Ashton, acted as best man.

The wedding breakfast was afterwards served at the George and Dragon Hotel and after the usual toasts had been duly honoured, the happy couple left for London and Bournemouth, where the honeymoon is being spent. The bride and bridegroom have been the recipients of numerous and costly presents.

Some interesting manoeuvres arranged for the instruction of volunteer cyclists attached to battalions on the north-western military district took place on Saturday. Between 400 and 500 men were engaged. They were divided into an attacking and a defending force, the rendezvous of the former being Chester and of the latter Ashton-under-Lyne. The southern or attacking body were understood to be the scouts of an invading army landed on the Welsh coast to occupy the manufacturing cities of the North of England. The northern or defending force were under orders to impede the advance of the attacking body, and afford time for the main army of defence to come up.

To fall in with the plan of campaign, the attacking force left Chester on Good Friday morning. Their object was to occupy the bridges over the Ship Canal west of Partington and there protect the detraining of a brigade of infantry and a battery of artillery at Northwich. The orders of the northern force directed them to prevent the passage of the enemy over the canal.

The weather on Friday was all that could be desired, and an instructive day’s work was carried out. The defenders were the first to reach the canal and they occupied a line of defence between Latchford and Auton Grange. They are said, however, to have overlooked the importance, from a strategical point of view, of the railway embankment which commanded the canal. The invaders seized the advantage thus left open. They were declared by the umpires to have captured the bridges over the canal and they also made a number of prisoners. The honours of the day therefore rested with the invading force.

A Local Tradesman in the Dock

Yesterday morning at Stalybridge Police Court, Alfred FERNYHOUGH, an employee at Messrs Thomas MILLS and Son’s corn mill, Old-street, Stalybridge, and William HOLT, carter for Thomas KELLY, hay and straw dealer, were placed in the dock on the following charges:— Stealing one sack of split corn, three sacks of oats and two sacks of broad bran on the 11th inst; two sacks of oats, two sacks of split corn on 1st April; two sacks of oats, two sacks of split corn and one sack of bran on 4th April; two sacks of split corn and one sack of broad bran on 6th April, all the propoerty of Messrs MILLS and Son.

Thomas KELLY, hay and straw dealer, Stalybridge and Ashton, was placed alongside the above prisoners and charged (with receiving the above) well knowing the same to have been stolen. They were remanded until the following Friday.

Queen Victoria was the shortest adult sovereign in the world, measuring only four feet eleven inches in height, but weighing 171 pounds. Her bust and hips measured forty-four inches and fifty inches respectively, while her waist was thirty-five inches.

The tallest queen in Europe is the young Wilhelmina of Holland. She is five feet five and a half inches. She is lightly built, weighing only 130 pounds, but has the bust measurement of a Juno, thirty-two inches. Her waist measures only twenty-one and a half inches, and her hips thirty inches.

The heaviest queen in Europe is Margherita of Italy, "the Pearl of Savoy." She turns the scales at 176 pounds, but is commensurably tall — five feet five inches. Her waist measurement of twenty— eight inches and her bust measure of forty inches show that, despite her advanced years, she still retains a queenly figure.

One of the most superb figures among European royalties is that of Natalie, the romantic queen of Servia. She is five feet four and threequarter inches high, with a bust measure of thirty-eight inches and a waist measure of twenty-two inches. Her hips are forty inches round and she weighs 130 pounds.

The Queen of Portugal and the Czarina of Russia are closely paired in the matter of size. Queen Amelia is older, and has a fuller and more matronly figure. The Czarina is only thirty-two inches around the bust and twenty-two inches around the waist. Their hip measures are, or were the same — thirty-eight inches. The Czarina is five feet two and half inches in height and weighs 120 pounds. According to sculptors' ideals, which differ from those of dressmakers, there is not in the entire group a beautiful figure.

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