21 December 1901
A BARDSLEY MANUFACTURER
Suggestion of Larking at the Police Station
At the Ashton County Court on Wednesday, George
BINTLIFFE was before the magistrates charged with
being drunk in charge of a horse and trap at Waterloo
on December 8th. Defendant, who was represented
by Mr SIXSMITH, pleaded not guilty.
Sergeant DOVE stated that at 1.30
on the Sunday morning in question, he was on duty,
along with Constable KNOWLES, when he saw the
defendant driving a horse and conveyance at a
very brisk pace from the direction of Ashton.
Witness noticed that he had no hat on. He went
as far as the Co-operative Stores and then returned,
and repeated this three times. There was a man
named LEES with him, and on returning the third
time LEES had got out, and defendant rushed his
horse on to the footpath close to where witness
was standing. Defendant was leaning over the front
splashboard with the reins in his hands and in
a very drunken state.
LEES came up and said he had been
looking for defendant's hat. LEES got into the
trap, and defendant refused to give him charge
of the reins, and witness told him if he did not
do so he should take the reins off him and take
him to the police station. Witness took the reins
off him, and Constable KNOWLES led the horse and
trap to the police station. Defendant fell on
to the footpath, and witness assisted him up and
got him into the police station, where he was
detained about a quarter of an hour. He insisted
on being locked up and went into one of the cells.
He was carrying on and using bad language. The
wife of witness came downstairs and defendant
shook hands with her and said he was very sorry
he had got into this trouble. Defendant was sent
home in charge of Constable HENDRY.
By Mr SIXSMITH: It was a stormy
morning. Defendant was not sitting at the back
of the trap; he was in a kneeling position in
the front part. Witness fetched another constable
out of bed to have a look at defendant. Witness
did not say "right about turn" to defendant; Constable
HENDRY said it. He never put him through any drill
at all. The object of Constable HENDRY telling
him to "right about turn" was because the last
time they brought defendant into court they were
told that they should produce more evidence of
defendant's condition. The doctor had put him
through his drill so Constable HENDRY thought
he would do ditto. (Laughter in court.)
Witness did not say "You will not have all your
brewery men as witnesses." He treated him like
Constable HENDRY said he saw the
defendant at the police station, and he was then
very drunk and leaning on the desk. Witness asked
him to turn right about and he fell on a form.
On taking him home defendant asked him to have
a brandy and a cigar. (Laughter.)
Mr SIXSMITH described the charge
as a double-barrelled one. Defendant was not in
charge of the horse and trap at all. He had his
coachman with him, and his coachman was driving.
He was not drunk. Defendant started at 2.30 in
the afternoon from Waterloo with his coachman
LEES and an Inland Revenue officer named ARMSTRONG,
and they drove to Woodhead, and on returning they
had tea at the Bull's Head, Tintwistle, which
place they left just before 11 o'clock at night.
During the drive all they had was five or six
drinks. Defendant drove to the house of Mr ARMSTRONG,
near Guidebridge, and all he had to drink there
was a whisky and soda, and left there at one o'clock.
When near the Dog and Partridge,
Waterloo, the coachman's hat blew off, and the
coachman alighted to find it. Another puff of
wind blew the defendant's hat off, and it was
then that the police came upon the scene. He would
suggest to the Bench that it was a little feeling
had arisen out of the last case, in which the
police were not successful, but were in fact spoken
to somewhat harshly by the Chairman of the Bench.
He would suggest that they were larking with defendant
at the police station. The officer had grossly
exceeded his duty.
The defendant, George BIBTLIFFE,
corroborated the previous statements, and said
that he only had four drinks from 2.30 to 11 o'clock
at night, and one whisky and soda at Mr ARMSTRONG's
house. He was not driving, but was riding on the
back part of the trap. When he returned home,
he changed his wet clothing and went down to the
brewery, and took all the temperatures of the
brewings, and gave the night watchman his usual
Jas LEES, coachman in the employ
of Messrs SHAW and BINTLIFFE, corroborated the
statement about the journey to Woodhead, and said
he was driving all the way. Defendant was quite
sober. John WILDE, landlord of the Bull's Head,
Tintwistle, deposed to defendant leaving his house
shortly before 11 o'clock, perfectly sober.. Thomas
ARMSTRONG, Trafalgar-square, Ashton, excise officer,
deposed to riding in the defendant's trap to Woodhead,
and what he stated about the number of drinks
was perfectly true. Sydney SPENCER, assistant
manager of the New Moss Colliery, said he had
rooms along with Mr ARMSTRONG. When defendant
left the house he was sober.
Benjamin SMITH, mechanic, Wellington-road,
Ashton, said he met defendant and had a chat with
him after the charge had been made against him,
and he was then quite sober. Mr GREAVES, builder,
said he was waiting at defendant's home when he
returned home. Defendant was then sober. George
JOLLY, night watchman at Messrs SHAW and BINTLIFFE's,
and Mrs BINTLIFFE both gave evidence of defendant
being sober. The magistrates gave defendant the
benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the case.
DEATH IN PHILADELPHIA. We have to record
the death at Frankford, Philadelphia, of James Platt
MELLOR, in the sixty-second year of his age. He
was formerly employed at Whittaker's mill, Hurst,
and was a resident of that place for a long time.
He died suddenly at his home, 2,043 Margaret-street,
Frankford, on Monday, November 11th, and was buried
on Friday, November the 15th.
THE COLLIERS' ARMS CAMELLIA SHOW.
The first weekly show was held at the above house
on Sunday, and was well attended by a large section
of the gardening fraternity. The blooms staged
were all of a very good quality, being a credit
to their respective growers, who seemed proud
of their products. Mr James BARROWCLOUGH was the
judge and he awarded the prizes as follows:
1st and 2nd, Mr BENNETT, Waterloo; 3rd, Tom WILDGOOSE,
Hurst. A meeting was held after the show, and
it was decided to form a Stock Show Society to
be held annually.
HE HAD NOT MARRIED ALL THE FAMILY.
Elizabeth HARROP was before the Ashton county
justices, on Wednesday, charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst on December 2nd.
Defendant pleaded not guilty. Evidence was
given by a constable, who deposed to seeing defendant
quarrelling with a neighbour in Parliament-street.
Defendant said that her son-in-law came into her
house and asked where her daughter was. He said
she must mind what she said or he would flatten
her. He banged his hand on the table and used
foul language, and said he had not married all
the family. He was drunk. The Magistrates'
Clerk: It is six of one and half-a-dozen of the
other._ Defendant was bound over in 40s to keep
the peace for three months.
PROMOTION FOR OVERLOOKER.
Mr Charles EAVES, powerloom overlooker, formerly
employed at the Stamford Manufacturing Company,
has obtained the position of manager at Binney
and Co's mills, Madras, India, for which place
he sailed on Friday last in the P and O steamer
China. His fellow workmates determined that he
should not go without some mark of esteem and
respect from them, so arranged a social in the
Co-operative Hall, Russell-street, Hurst, about
60 persons being present. The chair was occupied
by Mr A THOMPSON, supported by Mr BRADLEY, the
manager, and Mr J TAYLOR. During the evening the
chairman called upon Mr BRADLEY who, in a few
well-chosen words, asked Mr EAVES to accept from
his workmates a present in the shape of a travelling
bag. Mr EAVES responded, after which the evening
was spent in singing and dancing. The weavers
employed under Mr EAVES also bought him a beautiful
silver clasp pocket book, and his friends at St
James' Church a gentlemen's dressing case.
OVERLOADING AN ELECTRIC
CAR AT ASHTON
At the Ashton Borough Court on Monday, Thomas
CLARKSON, guard in the employ of the Oldham, Ashton,
and Hyde Electric Tramway Co, was summoned for carrying
a greater number of passengers on a car than the
same was constructed to carry on the 8th December.
He pleaded guilty. Constable GODDARD stated
that at 10.15 on Sunday night week. He was in Stockport-road,
and saw a car coming along very much overcrowded.
The defendant was the conductor. He counted the
passengers, and there were 54 15 on the left
hand side, 16 on the right, 10 in the middle standing
up, and 13 round the car at the back. The car was
only licensed to carry 26 passengers.
Defendant dared say the bench would
remember what sort of weather prevailed that night.
It was wet. He was the last through car to Hyde,
and it was either a question of his taking the
passengers or letting them walk all the way to
Hooley Hill, Denton, or Hyde. He had not that
number when he left the Town Hall. By the time
he got to Chester Square they were supposed to
have about the full number in. He was inside collecting
the fares, and was surprised to see such a large
number on the car. They must have got on coming
down Catherine-street. Witness added that there
was such a crowd at the back that one man had
to ride on the step.
Mr A PARK: You had 10 in the middle
of the car, 15 to the left and 16 to the right,
and must have seen them when collecting fares.
Witness said he got inside the car, and counted
them. Most of them said they had booked, and intended
to go. The Clerk: One recognises the difficulty
of your position when you were on the last car.
People want to go home, and will get on. The only
remedy you have is to stop your car if you have
got too many on, and they will not get off. If
it had only been a case of three or four over
the policeman might not have taken any notice
of it. You had double quantity. Defendant:
He was the first officer I had seen since leaving
the Town Hall. Fined 2s 6d and costs.
ASHTON BOROUGH POLICE COURT
DRUNK AND DISORDERLIES. William HARTLE
and John MILLER were fined 5s 6s each costs for
being drunk and disorderly in Katherine-street on
the 12th. Constable WILLIAMSON proved the
case, and said they were interfering with the Town
Hallkeeper whilst he was erecting some awning.
James PHILBURN was charged with a like offence in
Cotton-street on the 13th. Constable HEIGHWAY
said the defendant was fighting. Defendant
said he was really sorry. He had only just come
out of prison, and had been in the hospital six
weeks. The Chief Constable said he had been
up 26 times for all classes of offences. Defendant
appealed for another chance. The Clerk asked
him if he was going to be different? Defendant
said he was, and was going to be helped by the Prisoners'
Aid Society to get work. The Clerk told him
it was not the way to get help from anyone, to come
straight out of prison and begin fighting.
Bench decided to give him one more chance, and discharged
him with the injunction to be more careful in future.
The Clerk: You have asked for another chance. Now
you have got it, make good use of it.
VEHICLE WITHOUT LIGHT.
James WOODHOUSE was summoned for using a vehicle
without having a light attached on the 11th December.
He said the light was out. The Clerk: Were
you like the foolish virgin without oil?
Defendant: No, I burn candles. (Laughter.)
When I drew up to my door the light in the lamp
was burning. I had not been in the house more
than five minutes when the officer came to the
door and drew my attention to the light being
out. Constable JOULE said he watched the
vehicle for ten minutes, and there was no light.
Fined 9s 6d.
SMASHING WINDOWS. Margaret
Ann ROWAN was summoned for breaking windows, value
6s on the 7th. Defendant did not appear.
Margaret BUTLER said she lived in Back Pitt-street.
On Saturday night she went to the Market, and
on her return the defendant got the poker and
smashed all the windows and the frames in the
house. She said she would do it again. The
Chief Constable said the defendant had been up
25 times. The Clerk: That is all?
(Laughter.) Complainant said defendant
also threatened her life. The bench ordered
Margaret Ann to pay the damages, 6s, and fined
her 20s and costs, or one month.
Benjamin KING was summoned for being drunk and
disorderly in Welbeck-street on the 6th instant.
He pleaded not guilty. Constable DISTON
stated that at 10.15 on the night in question,
he was in Welbeck-street and found defendant drunk
and committing a nuisance. Defendant said
he had been up three nights and three days, and
his horse died the same morning. A child also
died, and he had a little girl in the Infirmary.
The bench said they were informed the defendant
had some trouble, and he would only have to pay
WIFE DESERTION AFTER FIVE MONTHS.
A young woman named Jane WRIGLEY summoned her
husband, John WRIGLEY, for deserting her.
The Clerk: How long have you been married?
Complainant: On the 29th July. What year?
"this year, 1901. What does he do? He is
a collier. When did he leave you? A week
last Wednesday. And what for? His mother said
she could not see why he should not come home
and allow me so much a week. Where does
he work? At the Snipe Pit. What do you do?
I was a servant. What does he earn? Between
4s and 5s a day. The bench made an order
of maintenance of 7s per week.
HAWKING CELERY WITHOUT LICENSE.
Thomas BROWNRIDGE and Samuel BROWNRIDGE were summoned
for unlawfully hawking celery without license
on Sunday, the 8th. Thomas pleaded guilty,
and Samuel was represented by his father who pleaded
not guilty. Constable TUMELTY said that
at 10.30am he saw defendants hawking celery in
Margaret-street. Thomas was selling and Samuel
was shouting. Defendant said they were both
coming off the Moss, and his brother said "how
does tha shout?" A woman came to a door and bought
a celery stick from them. He had no license.
The Clerk: What were you intending to do with
the celery? Thomas: We were going to take
it to Hyde and sell it to order. The father
said Samuel never hawked. He worked at Adamson's,
and never hawked in his life. The bench
decided to dismiss the charge against Samuel and
fined Thomas 2s 6d and costs.
A DISHONEST BOY. Herbert,
aged 16, a little piecer, was charged with stealing
half a sovereign, under the following circumstances
Thomas EDWARDS, 238 Whiteacre-road, said he was
an overlooker for John KNOTT and Sons Limited.
It was his duty to collect money every Friday
for a club there and he was in the habit of putting
the money in his desk in the storeroom. When he
left the store he locked the door. On the 13th
December, after collecting the money, he put it
in a bag and placed it in a box in the storeroom.
He placed a saucer containing £7 in gold and silver,
and each coin was marked, in a desk in the storeroom,
in consequence of having missed money before.
The half sovereign produced was one of the marked
coins he put there. About two o'clock on Friday
afternoon he left the storeroom, and was away
about an hour. He had locked the door and Constable
HEIGHWAY was in the storeroom behind a partition.
When he returned he found that HEIGHWAY had got
the prisoner and the half sovereign. Witness heard
prisoner say he had never seen it before.
Constable HEIGHWAY said the lock was picked with
a small knife blade. The Chief Constable
said 26s 6d had been taken at different times
besides the half sovereign. Witness said
the prisoner brought money to him from his minder,
and would know where the money was. Mrs
YATES said she never knew a better boy, and she
was ashamed of him. He had nearly killed her.
The Chairman told the prisoner he had evidently
had a good home training. The court did not like
to make a legal thief of him, and they would deal
with him under the first Offenders' Act.
Mrs YATES hoped Mr EDWARDS would watch someone
else at the mill. Prisoner was discharged
upon recognisances to be of good behaviour for
THEFT OF SHOVEL AND BOOTS: WARNING
TO PAWNBROKERS. A lad named John GIBBONS
(13) was charged with stealing a shovel belonging
to John WILSON, Stamford-street, and a pair of
boots, the property of John KIRKHAM, boot and
shoe dealer, Market Avenue. John BROUGHAM
said he was warehouseman for John WILSON, ironmonger.
The shovel produced was his property. He saw it
safe on Tuesday, the 10th, outside the door. It
was worth 2s 6d. Fanny LISTER, wife of Walter
LISTER, 129 Old-street, said that about 6.30pm
on Tuesday the shovel was brought into the shop
by the prisoner. She told him they did not take
tools in, and he left. In reply to the Chairman,
Sergeant TOLSON said the shovel was found concealed
in a passage behind the shop of Mr John WILSON,
tailor and outfitter. Herbert HEATON said
he was assistant to Mr John KIRKHAM, boot and
show dealer, Market Avenue. He saw the pair of
boots produced safe on Saturday, and missed them
on the following Tuesday. They were worth 2s.
Abel WILLIAMSON said he was manager for his father,
Abel WILLIAMSON, pawnbroker, 61 Cavendish-street.
On Monday last, the pair of boots produced were
pledged with him by the prisoner. He lent him
6d upon them. Mr PARK: Are these new boots?
Witness: Yes. Didn't it occur to you it
was wrong to lend 6d upon them? I did not care
whether I took them or not, because we were shutting
up at the time. If he had not been a regular customer
I should not have taken them in.They are
perfectly new. I am sure the Bench don't like
a transaction of this kind. It does strike us
as, well, very inviting. I hope you will not do
it again. Witness: I hope you are not reprimanding
me for taking them in.
DARING SHOP-BREAKING CASE
Smart Capture by Sergeant Tolson
At the Ashton Borough Police Court on Monday,
James DOLAN, Thomas DOLAN, who wore the uniform
of the Lancashire Fusiliers, and Robert Henry LAMB,
young men, were in the dock charged on remand with
breaking and entering the shop of John Williamson
STOCKDALE, Wellington-road, under the following
John Williamson STOCKDALE said he
was a tobacconist and hairdresser at 67 Wellington-road,
Ashton. About 11.30pm on Saturday the 7th instant
he locked the shop up safe. On the following Sunday
morning, in consequence of a communication, he
came down to the shop. He found that the front
bedroom window had been opened, and also the door
leading from the back kitchen into the shop had
been forced open. The seventeen pipes, four razors,
pair of slippers, eight packets of tobacco, quantity
of twist, three match boxes, and coat, vest, and
cap and other articles produced were his property.
All the articles were safe in the shop on the
Saturday night when he locked it up.
Mary DOLAN said she was the wife
of James DOLAN, and lived at 25 Pitt-street. About
11.30 on Saturday, the 7th inst, her husband went
to bed. Shortly afterwards the prisoner, Thos
DOLAN, came in and went up to bed. About 10.20
next morning Sergeant TOLSON came to the house
and called her downstairs. She came down and saw
the tobacco produced on the table. It was afterwards
parcelled up and taken away by Sergeant TOLSON,
who also arrested her son Thomas. Shortly afterwards
the prisoners, James DOLAN and LAMB, came to her
back door. She asked them the meaning of all this.
LAMB said "Thomas is innocent, he knows nothing
about it, it is Jim (meaning James DOLAN) and
me." She could not say whether LAMB was wearing
a cap or not.
James BARDSLEY said he was a greengrocer,
and carried on business next door to Mr STOCKDALE.
About a quarter past twelve on Sunday morning,
the 8th, the prisoner, James DOLAN, came to the
side door of his house in Pitt-street, and asked
for a pennyworth of haddock. The prisoner LAMB
was with him, and witness heard him call out "the
police are coming." They got the fish, and both
prisoners went away. Witness went to bed shortly
afterwards. At a quarter past two he heard a noise
at STOCKDALE's as though the police were trying
the doors. On the following morning he got up
about eight o'clock, and on going into the back
he found the gates open, and STOCKDALE's kitchen
door open. He came to the front and saw the chamber
window wide open. He then communicated with the
Emma McINTYRE said she was the wife
of Patrick McINTYRE, and lived at Wight's Yard,
off Pitt-street, near DOLAN's back door. About
10.30 on Sunday morning, the prisoners, James
DOLAN and LAMB, came into her house. Neither of
them were wearing coat, vest, or hat. She asked
them what was to do. LAMB said the detectives
were after them. They remained a few minutes and
then went away.
Sergeant TOLSON said at 20 minutes
past 10 o'clock on Sunday morning he received
information that Mr STOCKDALE's shop had been
broken open. He went to the place, and on examining
the premises he found that two strong hooks had
been forced off the door leading from the kitchen
into the shop. All the goods in the shop were
in a state of disorder. He then went upstairs
and found the front bedroom door wide open. There
was a good printmark of a pair of cord trousers
on the window sill. He then went to DOLAN's house.
Upon opening the cupboard door he found the box
produced, containing Woodbine cigarettes. In the
drawers underneath he found the twist tobacco
and all the articles produced, except the coat,
vest, and cap.
He then went upstairs, and found
the prisoner, Thomas DOLAN, in bed. In the pocket
of his tunic which was on the bed he found two
packets containing Woodbines, and under the pillow
the silver-plated matchbox produced. Whilst in
the house he found the cap produced. (At
this point Mrs DOLAN persisted in interrupting,
and telling the sergeant to tell the truth. She
was ultimately put out of court.) By this time
Mr and Mrs DOLAN had come downstairs, and he put
the tobacco, pipes, and other things on the table.
He asked what account they chose to give of them.
They replied they knew nothing about them.
Witness then brought Thomas DOLAN
to the Town Hall, and later on in the day he arrested
James DOLAN and LAMB in a house in Jarrard-street,
off Victoria-street, at the other end of town
from where they reside. LAMB was wearing cord
trousers at the time. He brought them to the police
office and searched them. On the prisoner LAMB
he found a packet of Woodbines and fivepence in
copper. On the prisoner James DOLAN also a packet
of cigarettes. The prisoners were now charged
in the usual manner. Thomas DOLAN pleaded not
guilty. James DOLAN and LAMB pleaded guilty, and
said Thomas had nothing to do with it. The
Bench committed prisoners to the sessions for
SAD BURNING FATALITY AT
The death took place at 8.20 on Saturday night
at the Ashton District Infirmary of Emily WRIGHT,
aged five years, daughter of William WRIGHT, labourer,
of 8 Winton-street, Ashton, from the effects of
burns received on the previous day. The father of
the deceased left home at 5.30 on Friday morning
to go to his work, leaving the house in charge of
his daughter, Mary Ann WRIGHT, aged 14, who was
his housekeeper. About 11 o'clock in the morning
the daughter went out of the house, leaving the
deceased asleep in bed. She returned in about half
an hour and found her sister in the house with her
clothes on fire. She at once pulled the clothes
off, and a neighbour name Mrs HALL came in and wrapped
deceased in her skirt and shawl, and she was carried
to Mrs HALL's, where linseed oil and lime water
were applied to the burns. Deceased was badly burned
about the chest. Dr TWOMEY was sent for, and on
his arrival he examined deceased, and ordered her
removal to the Infirmary, where she died as aforestated.
SHOCKING NEGLECT OF CHILDREN
A "Heartless and Callous Case"
At the county police court, held at Hyde on
Monday, John MURPHY, of Dunkerley's Court, Dukinfield,
labourer, was summoned for wilfully neglecting and
abandoning certain children, to wit, George, John,
and Emily MURPHY, all under 16 years of age. Mr
A LEES prosecuted on behalf of the NSPCC.
Mr LEES stated that prisoner was
married to his present wife ten years ago, and
there had been ten children. Six of the children
were living and four of them were residing with
prisoner's wife. Up to the middle of June last
prisoner was working at Messrs Sumner's Ironworks
as a puddler. On the 24th July he left home, and
the wife did not hear anything of him until he
was brought before the magistrates at Dukinfield
on the 5th September. Before he left her he had
not given her any money to keep the house going
for eight weeks, and a month of that time he had
not done any work at all. Prisoner had often left
his wife, and the last time he left her was the
third occasion during the last twelve months.
He was drunk every week end and
many times during the week. When he was not working
the only income the wife got was from the girl,
Hannah, who earned 7s 6d per week. 2s 6d of which
was paid in rent. The mother and children had
been short of food. The inspector reported the
matter to the head office at London and prisoner
was brought before the Bench on September 5th
at Dukinfield. The case was gone into by the magistrates,
but on prisoner promising to get work and to reform
they decided it would be preferable to dismiss
the case on that premise rather than send him
The inspector supervised the case
for a month, during which time prisoner was often
drunk and only gave his wife one 7s 6d. On the
20th September prisoner went home drunk about
two o'clock in the afternoon, and half an hour
afterwards, he went away, and from that time up
to his appearing in court that morning the wife
had neither seen nor heard anything of him. The
daughter, Hannah, had been taken seriously ill,
in consequence of which the wife's income was
entirely stopped, and she had to apply for parish
relief. It was difficult, Mr LEES continued, to
imagine more a heartless and callous case than
the present one. Prisoner had a legal, as well
as a moral duty to perform, but he had performed
neither. It was a case for severe condemnation,
and he hoped the bench would deal with it as it
The magistrates committed prisoner
to gaol for one month with hard labour, the chairman
remarking that he seemed to be a "bad lot."