15 June 1901
PERSISTENT CRUELTY AT SMALLSHAW
Husband and Wife Disagree
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
John MILLER, was summoned by his wife, Fanny MILLER,
for persistent cruelty. Mr J A GARFORTH appeared
for the complainant and Mr BOSTOCK was for the
Mr GARFORTH said the defendant had
been brought there charged with persistent cruelty
to his wife, causing her to live apart from him,
and he asked for a separation order and for the
husband to provide a sufficient sum of money for
her maintenance. The facts were that the two young
people were married in October 1898, and up to
February, 1900, or thereabouts, they lived fairly
comfortably together. A trouble arose, he was
afraid, from the fact that defendants father,
a carrier, at Smallshaw, having some property,
induced his son and wife to go and live in his
house, the three to live together, an unfortunate
thing in this case.
The old gentleman was of peculiar
disposition, penurious to a degree. An arrangement
was made that he should pay eight shillings a
week for his keep, that they should live rent
free, and that he should fund coal. Unfortunately
instead of getting another protector, the complainant
got what she found to be another slave-driver.
She was put into offices of manual labour; she
was treated as a wife. It was made her duty to
be up on a winters morning when they were
going to market and to provide the necessities
for lighting up the lamps and she received the
carts when they returned at night, and altogether
her life was made other than comfortable.
The cruelty in the first place consisted
in sulking. The old man would sulk for a week
or 10 days, and invariably took his sons
part in any little disturbance there might be.
In February 1900, owing to threats, the wife left
her husband and went away to her mothers
house. She stayed away about a week or so, when
the husband went to her and under promises of
amendment and of alteration in the style of living,
she was induced to go back to him and she remained
with him until a little before Whitsuntide the
same year, when he gave her a black eye and ordered
her off, and said what he would do if she came
back. He threw her on the floor, and bumped her
head, and dragged her from there into the back
kitchen, along a pipe-clayed floor, and finally,
after receiving considerable bruises and a black
eye, she broke from him, and he pursued her out
of the front door.
They lived in a place called The
Sett, Brown Fields, Smallshaw, and the house had
a kind of garden to it. Complainant fled into
the garden, and the husband followed her. He told
her she must never come near that place again,
or he would do a job for her. The married couple
had no children. The defendant was in the employment
of his father, and his wages were from 21s to
24s a week.
Fanny MILLER, the complainant, gave
corroborative evidence. By Mr BOSTOCK:
She admitted striking her husband with a bucket,
but it was above six months ago. She went to him
in the stable, but declined to state her purpose.
Miss Mary Ellen CARTER, Uxbridge-street, Ashton,
deposed to seeing complainant running out of the
house, followed by her husband, who used language
as aforementioned. Constable ORMEROD deposed to
serving the summons on defendant, who said that
he struck his wife, but never turned her out.
Mr BOSTOCK submitted that the evidence
was not sufficient to justify the magistrates
in making an order. Complainant followed her husband
to the stable and attempted to strike him with
a shovel. John MILLER gave evidence denying the
alleged cruelty. When he returned home on Whit
Monday, his wife was dressed up ready for going
out. She said she would go out when she liked.
He remonstrated, and she fired a plate at him.
She followed him to the stable, and said she would
kill him with a shovel she had in her hands. She
tried to strike him, but he prevented her.
John MILLER, father of the defendant,
stated that the couple had lived with him for
two years, and that he had never seen defendant
strike his wife, but she had struck him many times.
Squire HAMPSON, carter, deposed to seeing the
wife attempt to "belt" her husband with
the shovel. (Laughter)
The bench agreed that from the evidence
they could not give an order, and the case was
LOCKOUT AT THE ROCK SPINNING
Yesterday (Friday) a lockout took place at the
Rock Spinning Cos mill. For some time the
spinners have had a grievance in regard to the supply
of skips, which does not prevail at the Atlas and
Minerva Mills, belonging to the same company. They
accordingly determined to serve notices upon the
management unless their terms were complied with
they would cease work. On Friday morning the manager
stopped the machinery and informed the spinners
that their services were no longer required, at
present times at all events. This is practically
a lockout. We understand that the company have a
large stock in the cellar, and when this has diminished
the hands will be recalled to their occupations.
AMUSING DIALOGUE AT STALYBRIDGE
A "Conscientious" Objector
On Monday, at Stalybridge Police Court, Ralph
ALBINSON stepped forward and applied for a vaccination
exemption certificate in respect to his child.
Colonel SIDEBOTTOM: On what grounds
do you apply? Applicant: We think it would
Colonel SIDEBOTTOM: Who has advised
you to come here and apply for this? No one.
Upon what grounds do you apply? Well, you see
we have lost two already. The two you have
lost has nothing to do with the present.
Mr WAINWRIGHT: Do you consider the
deaths were due to vaccination? Yes, sir. The
Clerk: I dont know whether it is for me
to put the words in his mouth. Colonel SIDEBOTTOM:
It is done very often.
Mr R INNES: What was the matter
with the other children? Applicant: First died
Mr LANES: That has nothing to do
with smallpox or vaccination. What did the other
die of? Brain fever. (Laughter). Mr INNES:
And that has nothing to do with vaccination. The
Clerk: None whatever.
Colonel SIDEBOTTOM: Have you a wife?
Yes. I suppose she is very anxious for
this child not to be vaccinated? Yes. You
conscientiously think it would be injurious to
the childs health? Yes. It is very
unsatisfactory to come and apply like this.
Mr INNES: And to tell us have died
from vaccination, when he now says it was pneumonia
and brain fever. It does not fall in at all. The
Clerk (to applicant): You should not say it is
vaccination. It is not fair to those who believe
in it. Applicant: Well I dont believe in
The Clerk (sharply): Well, dont
say that pneumonia or brain fever have anything
to do with vaccination. Applicant: It is hard
lines when you have buried two.
Colonel SIDEBOTTOM intimating that
the application would be granted said that before
he personally signed any exemption certificate
he would require evidence of a doctor to certify
the childs unfitness. Applicant having secured
his document, promptly paid 2s, its cost, and
then left the court.
ASSOCIATION The above combination had
their annual trip on Monday last, the place chosen
this year being Hope, for Castleton. About 20 members
and wives started from Hyde Junction about 9 oclock,
changing at Marple, and arriving at Hope about 10.39.
Here Mr MATTHEW was waiting with a char-a-banc to
take the party to the Peak Hotel, Castleton, where
luncheon was provided. Afterwards a drive of 21
miles was taken through lovely valleys and by majestic
peaks, passing the quaint village of Hathersage
with its church and the burial place of Little John
of Robin Hood fame, to Surprise View, and then on
to Fox House, where the horses had a little rest.
The keeper to the Duke of Rutland
gave the party privilege to view the grounds and
mansion, Longshaw, which is a very old place.
Returning to the Peak Hotel, Castleton, dinner
was provided. Having done justice to the inner
man, there was a little time to spare, so the
Great Peak Cavern, Peveril Castle, Speedwell Blue
John Mines, the Shivering Mountain &c. were
viewed. The char-a-banc afterwards took them to
Hope Station to catch the 7.35, arriving Hyde
Junction about 10 oclock, and a beautiful
out they had.
A (Dukinfield) correspondent
writes: Whilst out for a stroll the other
evening, I noticed that the contractor is going
at a merry pace with the making of the new Dewsnap-lane,
a good length of the sewering having been laid.
The lane, when finished, will be a perfectly straight
line from the corner of Astley Mill to the New Inn,
Birch-lane. It is thus likely that peds. May shortly
bid adieu to the old quagmire through which they
have had to pass through heretofore.
CRUELTY TO A HORSE AT STALYBRIDGE
A Dukinfield Coal Dealer Fined
At Stalybridge Police Court on Monday, Thomas
THORPE, coal dealer, Cheetham Hill-road, Dukinfield,
was summoned at the instance of the RSPCA for cruelty
to horse whilst in an unfit state. Inspector POCOCK
said the case was a bad one, and irrespective of
a nasty sore spot on its back, it was totally unfit
for work. Any unexperienced man could tell that.
Sergeant HEATH said that at 10.45
on the morning of the 17th May, he met the defendant
in Bayley-street in charge of a dark bay horse
attached to a lorry laden with coal. Witness
stopped defendant and proceeded to examine the
horse. On looking under the saddle, he found a
sore about the size of a crown, and this had a
covering of fullers earth. There was dry
matter adhering to the inside of the saddle, which
was packed in order to keep it from rubbing against
the wound. The off hind leg was very much swollen,
and the horse was in a very poor condition. It
was also filthy, not having, apparently, been
groomed for some considerable length of time.
Witness told THORPE to take the horse home, and
he did so. Subsequently the sergeant examined
the animal, along with Inspector POCOCK, and then
found blood and matter coming from a wound on
Colonel SIDEBOTTOM: Do you want
to ask any questions? Defendant: I dont
think it wants any. The horse was perfectly better.
Where was the sore? Sergeant HEATH: On
the back. Did I not tell you it was a heat
lump? No. Colonel SIDEBOTTOM (to the sergeant):
What drew your attention to the horse?
HEATH: Its general appearance, and in addition
I have complaints about it. Colonel SIDEBOTTOM
said it was a very serious offence. He was fined
5s and costs or 14 days imprisonment. The money
SAD DEATH OF A DUKINFIELD
Dies While Pushing His Boat Through Romiley Tunnel
Coroner NEWTON held an inquest at Hyde Bank
Farm, Romiley, on Thursday morning, touching the
death of Eli HALL of Dukinfield. Mr DAVENPORT was
foreman of the jury. The following evidence was
Annie HALL, of Dukinfield Old Hall,
Dukinfield, said: Deceased was my father. He was
45 years of age, and a boatman. I saw him last
alive on Wednesday night when he complained of
pains in his chest. Dr PARK saw him and gave him
some medicine about two years ago for his chest.
He was troubled with shortness of breath.
James JONES, 29 Charles-street,
Ashton, said: I am captain of the canal boat Coras,
and deceased was my mate. He had complained of
pains in his chest during the past fortnight.
We left Dukinfield with the boat about 5.20 on
Wednesday morning. Deceased said he was feeling
better than he had felt for some time. About 7.45
he got his breakfast, and then steered the boat
as far as Romiley tunnel. The horse was here unhooked,
and he then push to get the boat through with
a shaft. I waited at the other end of the tunnel.
A boy named HOWARTH was riding on the boat and
man named MELLOR, who had got on the boat in the
tunnel, said he thought deceased was dead. I examined
him and found he was dead.
Henry HOWARTH, 101 Higher Henry-street,
Hyde, said: I got on the boat at Hyde about 6.50
on Wednesday to ride to Marple. I started through
the tunnel and he pushed the boat along with a
shaft. When he got about three parts through,
he said he felt badly and sat down on the cabin.
After resting about a minute, he got up to push
the boat along when he fell forward on his face
on the bricks. He never moved or spoke after he
fell. We met another boat, and I called to the
man for help, and he came and he helped us through
the tunnel. When we got through the tunnel, I
saw deceased was dead.
A verdict of death from natural
causes, probably heart disease, was returned.
THE BRUTAL ASSAULT UPON
A WIFE AT DUKINFIELD
At the Dukinfield Police Court on Thursday,
the man John Robert MOTTRAM, who was before the
Court last week, was again brought up, charged with
inflicting grievous bodily harm upon his wife, Annie
MOTTRAM on the 3rd inst. The following evidence
Annie MOTTRAM said: I am the wife
of the prisoner who is a striker, and reside with
him at 89 Wharf-street, Dukinfield. On Monday,
the 3rd inst, at a quarter to six oclock,
I was at home after having been out washing at
Cockbrook. My husband then came home very drunk.
He wanted to know where I had been, at the same
time using beastly language. I told him I had
been out washing. He said I was a
liar, and asked me for the washing money. I told
him I had spent a shilling, and had a shilling
left. He used further bad language, and said I
would have to give him the shilling. I refused
to do so. He then ran at me and gave me a blow
on the forehead with his fist.
He then took me by the hair of the
head, and pulled me to the floor. Whilst on the
floor, he banged his knees on my stomach twice
with all his force. At that time, I was about
three months pregnant and the prisoner knew my
condition. I then got up and said "Oh Bob,
you have hurt my inside". I went into the
kitchen for a drink of water, but he would not
let me have it. I fell in the kitchen through
faintness caused by the loss of blood.
A neighbour named Ellen NADEN came
into the house and Dr MILLER was sent for. I have
been under the doctors care ever since.
In answer to the prisoner: I have had about
four miscarriages before this. He brought one
on himself through similar conduct. I was dancing
in the Queens Arms on the Saturday before,
but I did not tell you on the Sunday after that
I was afraid I should have another miscarriage.
Sarah Ellen NADEN said: I am the
wife of Herbert NADEN, cotton operative, and reside
at Wharf-street, Dukinfield. At a quarter to six
oclock on Monday evening the 3rd June, I
was stood at my door, and from what was said to
me I went into the prisoners house. I saw
Mrs MOTTRAM lying on the back kitchen floor. I
saw plenty of blood at the back of the kitchen
door. The prisoner was sat on a chair near the
front door. I asked what he had done and he replied
that his wife was as drunk as a
pig. I said she was not. After that the prisoner
left the house. I helped a woman to put Mrs MOTTRAM
on the sofa and then left. The prisoner was drunk
and Mrs MOTTRAM was sober. Prisoner has
no questions to ask the witness.
Acting-Sergeant BAILEY said: I was
on duty in Wharf-street and was called to the
residence of the prisoner, 89 Wharf-street. I
went there and found Mrs MOTTRAM lying on the
sofa in a very exhausted and almost unconscious
condition. I went to the Railway Inn in the same
street and found the prisoner there. I brought
him back home, and took him to his wife. In the
prisoners presence, I asked her what had
occurred and she made a statement. Prisoner had
no questions to ask the witness and remarked that
he was drunk and knew nothing about it.
The Bench committed prisoner for
trial to the sessions, and if he could get bail,
it would be granted.
BREACH OF THE PEACE
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
Arthur Alfred SYKES, who failed to appear the week
previously, was in custody, having been apprehended
on a warrant, charged with committing a breach of
the peace at Audenshaw on May 11th. Prisoner,
who pleaded guilty and said he was sorry, was bound
over in 40s to keep the peace for three months.
GIVING A WRONG NAME
Joseph ANDREW, whose name was on the charge sheet
as George JACKSON, was before the Ashton county
justices, on Wednesday, on a charge of obstruction
at Audenshaw. A Constable stated that at
3.45am on the 23rd of the last month he saw a
horse and trap standing on the footpath opposite
the Snipe Inn, Manchester-road, with no-one in
charge. Witness watched the horse and trap for
ten minutes and saw several people have to leave
the footpath and go into the middle of the road.
When the driver came out of the Snipe Inn he told
the witness his name was George JACKSON, of Dukinfield.
This was false and witness spent two days in looking
for defendant. The magistrates fined defendant
10s and costs, or 14 days.
NEGLECTING TO MAINTAIN WIFE AND
FAMILY A middle aged man named James
LAMB was in custody charged with not providing
maintenance for his wife and family, who had become
chargeable to the Union. Mr SIMON (relieving
officer) stated that the prisoners wife
became chargeable to the Guardians on April 22nd,
and since then had incurred a cost of £3 17s.
Witness had not made application to the prisoner
because he had not been able to find his whereabouts,
but he (prisoner) knew perfectly well that his
wife was in the workhouse. Constable CORBETT
deposed to apprehending prisoner at 6.30 on Sunday
evening. Prisoner pleaded guilty, and said
he had got a good situation as inspector for Hooley
Hill Local Board in connection with the sewage.
He had only had the situation a fortnight, and
had a little bit of bad luck lately. He was willing
to pay if the magistrates would give him time.
Mr SIMON asked for 4s a week, and said
the wife and family were still chargeable to the
Union. The case was adjourned for a month
to give the prisoner an opportunity of carrying
out his promise.
TEACHING CHILDREN TO BEG
Catherine McKEWN was charged with begging at Audenshaw
on the 9th inst. Supt HEWITT informed the bench
that when the prisoner was taken into custody,
she had two children with her, neither of whom
belonged to her. A woman in court named HUGHES
had claimed one of the children. The Chairman:
How did she get hold of the children? I suppose
they were borrowed for the purpose. Evidence
was given by a constable that at 9.45 on Sunday
night, he saw prisoner stopping people along Manchester-road,
Audenshaw. She had two little girls about 10 or
12 years of age with her. On seeing him, one of
the girls ran away, but he caught the other girl.
A woman named Mrs HUGHES came up and said the
child was hers. The other child belonged to a
woman named Margaret WILSHAW, of Pitt-street,
The prisoner commenced using bad
language. She lived in one of the lodging houses
in Charlestown, and witness had cautioned her
before about begging. Mrs HUGHES, mother
of one of the children, said she met the prisoner
and treated her to a drink. The child was not
with the prisoner above five minutes. Superintendent
HEWITT pointed out that the worst feature was
taking the children and teaching them to beg.
Prisoner was committed to gaol for seven days.
THE FIRE AT ASHTON MOSS
Obtaining Money By False Pretences
At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday,
Samuel BLOOMER was charged on remand with obtaining
and attempting to obtain money by false pretences
under the following circumstances: Catherine
DRAYCOTT said: I am the wife of Edwin DRAYCOTT,
48 Stockport-road, Ashton-under-Lyne. About three
oclock on the 20th ult, the prisoner and two
others came to the shop. The prisoner handed a book
similar to the one produced to me, and asked if
I had anything to give to the colliers who were
out of work through "this sad affair at Moss
Pit". I gave one of the men a shilling. I did
not read what was written in the book because I
had no glasses in the shop at the time.
Ada WAGSTAFFE said: I live at Glencoe
Villa, Smallshaw. I remember the prisoner coming
to our house with another man. The book produced
was handed to my brother. The prisoner said there
were 700 thrown out of work through the fire at
Moss Colliery. I gave them 1s and entered the
amount in the book produced with the initials
"A.W." against it. I thought I was giving
the money to a fund for the men thrown out of
Thomas Herbert WORDSWORTH said:
I am general manager of the New Moss Colliery.
The prisoner had no authority from me to collect
money on behalf of the miners at Moss Pit, nor
have I given permission to anyone to collect on
Joseph ETCHELLS said: I live at
223 Old-street, Ashton. At a quarter past nine
oclock in the evening on 29th, the prisoner
came into our shop and put a book, similar to
the one produced, on the counter. He asked my
wife if she had anything to give to the colliers
at Moss Pit. She replied that she had not and
did not open the book. He asked her to read what
was in the book and see what others had given.
At that point, a police officer entered, and took
prisoner into custody.
The prisoner on being formally charged
had nothing to say. The Clerk: This is
not the first time you have been doing this sort
of thing, as you know. We have met before. Been
on this tack once or twice. The last time, you
were going round collecting money for the nightsoil
men in their name, and kept the money for yourself.
The Chief Constable said he had been up eight
times before the county magistrates, and in December
last he was sent for one month for collecting
on behalf of the nightsoil men. Also three months
for stealing from the person. The Bench
committed prisoner to gaol for six months
A FARMER WHO COULD NOT READ
At Stockport on Thursday, Matthew NIELD
was charged with removing pigs without a declaration
at Compstall on 31st May. The case was proved
by Constable BRADBURY. Defendant pleaded
guilty, and ignorance of the law as an excuse for
the offence. He was a farmer. He could not read
and could not tell a notice if he saw one.
He was fined 5s and costs.