23 March 1901
AGAINST ASHTON LICENSED VICTUALLERS
Grogging Spirit Casks
Two landlords, one of them Miles ROTHWELL
of the White Lion Inn, Booth-street, were summoned
"at the insistence of the Inland Revenue
authorities for having on his property a cask
which had been subjected to a process for the
purpose of extracting spirits absorbed by the
"It was well known in the trade
that casks of spirits in the bonded warehouses
absorbed a considerable quantity of the spirits
in the wood. It had been found that after these
casks had been emptied by licensed victuallers,
they were subjected to a process called grogging.
In other words, water was put in to the casks
and the absorbed whisky abstracted from the wood
was brought into consumption without any duty
being paid upon it.
"It was estimated that the
Inland Revenue lost a quarter of a million duty
every year and an Act of Parliament was passed
prohibiting any persons from extracting the spirits
so absorbed." ROTHWELL was fined £30 and
the grogged spirits were confiscated.
SERIOUS FIRE AT CRIME LAKE
"Some excitement was created at Woodhouses
on Monday morning when it was discovered that a
refreshment room belonging to Mr W S WILSON situated
in close proximity to the Crime Lake was on fire.
Constable HODKINSON and a number of other persons
were attracted to the scene of the fire and strove
energetically to save the building from destruction
by means of water brought from the canal.
"Their efforts were unavailing
as the flames gained a firm hold of the building
and its contents consisting of tables, chairs
&c, and it was soon apparent that the whole
concern was doomed to destruction. The damage,
which is nearly covered by insurance, will amount
to £120. No cause can be assigned for the outbreak
as the place had not had a fire or light in it
for some days.
OBSTRUCTING THE FOOTPATH
"A charge of obstructing the footpath was
preferred against Henry RAMSDEN, James CAMPBELL
and Jesse OUSEY at the Ashton County Police on Wednesday.
RAMSDEN and CAMPBELL pleaded guilty, but OUSEY said
he did not see where the obstruction came in.
"A constable stated that at
20 minutes to eight on Sunday night, the defendants
and about 30 others were standing on the footpath
in Union-road, Hurst. They had been cautioned
many a time about the practice. There was a chip
potato shop at the bottom of Union-road and a
few yards of spare land. The defendants stood
there and obstructed the whole footpath.
"OUSEY said they were not standing
on the flags; they were standing on the spare
land. There were about 15 of them. Superintendent
HEWITT: They not only stand and obstruct
the footpath, but they make very unpleasant remarks
to people passing. The three were fined
2s 6d each.
A PORK BUTCHER AND HIS SERVANT
Ashton pork butcher Walter PRICE sued his former
employee, Thomas HUNT for £2 7s 6d which he was
supposed to have kept from his meat deliveries.
There were conflicting stories about what HUNT had
handed over to PRICE and what he hadnt. The
judge found for the defendant, saying: "The
Plaintiff has only himself to thank that he did
not keep a tally book in which he could enter the
amounts which the carter had brought in."
VISIT TO THE ELECTRIC WORKS
"On Wednesday evening, the members of the
Baptist Mutual Improvement Society paid a visit
to the above works through the kind permission of
Mr APPLETON, the manager. Under the leadership of
Mr LEE, they inspected, with much interest, the
complicated arrangements for the production of electric
light and power. Starting with the grimy stoke hole,
the party passed round by the refuse destructors
and into the spacious engine-house. The three 500
horsepower engines were examined with much interest.
FAREWELL PARTY TO VOLUNTEERS
"On Monday evening, about 50 friends met
at the house of Mr W FISH (Canterbury Arms) the
occasion being a supper and concert as a farewell
to Luke JONES who is shortly to go to South Africa
with the local contingent of volunteers. After full
justice had been done to a well-served repast, the
rest of the evening was spent in singing &c.
"Amongst those who contributed
to the evenings enjoyment were Mr Luke JONES
who gave the laughable ditty Jane Magee.
Mr Jonathan FITTON was loudly applauded for his
rendering of The Soldiers Goodbye.
Mr Johnny TAYLOR sang Let Me Like a Soldier
Fall. He got a big reception and gave an
encore of John Bull.
FATAL ACCIDENT AT ASHTON
An inquest was held on the death of Joseph BYROM
of 29 Dale-street. He was employed by Messrs T Mason
and Sons, Oxford Mills and was attempting to lift
a flywheel off a lorry when it fell on his feet.
He was taken to Ashton Infirmary where a crushed
finger was amputated and he was put to bed, experiencing
great pain from his crushed toes.
"Deceased was not a strong
man and he developed hypostatic congestion of
the lungs through lying in bed."
ADDITIONAL CENSUS ENUMERATORS
"The following are the enumerators in the
Mossley: Alfred BELL, Stamford-street;
Frank BELL, Lees-road; Robert LAWTON, Manchester-road,
A E LAWTON, Manchester-road; Heford LAWTON, Mountain-street;
Seth RADCLIFFE, Stamford-road; Jas Alfred SCHOFIELD,
Fox Platt Terrace; Samuel JACKSON, Egerton-street;
Edward WALKER, Stamford-road; Fred MELLOR, Stockport-road;
Chas H LINDLEY, Lorne-street.
Hartshead: John DAVIES, Whiteacre-road
Waterloo: James DUNKERLEY, Oldham-road
Hurst: Seth FIRTH, Princess-street;
Stephen BARKER, Whiteacre-road; David NEEDHAM,
George LOMAS, Queen-street; Francis HARTLEY, Princess-street,
C H H LEES, Queen-street.