24 August 1901
GALLERY FATALITY ON ASHTON MARKET GROUND
The Use of Firearms
Ashton Wakes Ground was the scene of a distressing
shooting fatality shortly after midnight on Saturday.
A young man, Edward COYLE (23), a native of Ardwick,
Manchester, and a seventeen year old girl from
Preston, named Matilda WHALLEY, were employed
at a shooting saloon owned by Mr Frederick A HARRISON,
Shortly after midnight the order
to close the galleries was given by the police.
Miss WHALLEY was in the act of withdrawing the
charge from a repeating rifle which had not been
used, when a crowd of men and youths rushed along.
The girl at the time had her finger on the trigger,
and some man, it was stated, knocked against her.
The rifle went off and the bullet entered the
right breast of COYLE, who was standing inside
the gallery attending to the objects to be shot
at. The wounded man at once called out "I'm shot."
The proprietor, Mr HARRISON, and
others rendered assistance, but when Dr TWOMEY
arrived, COYLE was dead. The bullet penetrated
his right lung and heart, and death occurred two
or three minutes afterwards. The body was removed
to the mortuary. The young girl in whose hands
the rifle was fainted. COYLE had only been in
Mr HARRISON's employment a fortnight. Miss WHALLEY
and he were on the best of terms.
The inquest was held in the Court
Room, Ashton Town Hall, on Tuesday forenoon by
Mr J F PRICE, district coroner. Mr COYLE, warehouseman,
5 Crawshaw-street, Chorlton-on-Medlock, said the
deceased was my son, and was a professional trick
jumper. Her formerly worked at the hay and corn
stores of Mr PARNELL, Chester-road, Manchester,
until he came out as a trick jumper. He was 23
last birthday, and had always had good health.
I was with him on Bank Holiday, and he left home
on the Wednesday following to commence work for
Mr HARRISON, shooting gallery proprietor, and
I never saw him alive again. I identified the
body shortly after six o'clock on Sunday night.
Frederick Albert HARRISON, traveling
shooting gallery proprietor, of Preston, said:
I have been on Ashton Market Ground since Wednesday
night. I have known deceased to speak to about
two years. He had been assisting me at the shooting
gallery a little over a week. His duties were
not specified, and he did anything that was required.
On Saturday night, he was inside the saloon placing
objects to be shot at on to jets of water. WHALLEY
was unloading her guns which had been left loaded.
She held the gun with the muzzle pointing towards
the target whilst she drew the cartridge out.
A crowd of people came by and pushed against the
girl's elbow and this caused the gun to swerve
round at the moment of unloading and to go off.
I heard COYLE shout "Oh, I'm shot." I went inside
to him and brought him out, and he fell right
Mabel WHALLEY, 38 Newton-street,
Preston, said: I am 17 years of age, and have
been engaged at Mr HARRISON's shooting gallery
all through last winter, and for the last fortnight
have been traveling about with him. About twelve
o'clock, the police came and asked us to stop.
In accordance with the usual custom, I was unloading
a repeating rifle. With about two cartridges left
in it. I had got one of the two cartridges, and
was going to repeat it. I had my thumb on the
trigger ready to drop the hammer and pull the
repeater. Just at that moment a crowd of people
came, and I was not looking. They caused my elbow
to move, and it caused the gun to swerve round
and go off.
At the request of the jury, the
last witness took hold of the gun and demonstrated
her ability to handle the weapon. This she did
with some amount of trepidation and precaution,
as if in fear of the deadly weapon containing
a charge of shot.
The jury returned a verdict of accidental
YOUNG WOMAN FOUND DROWNED
The Missing Club Money
On Monday forenoon, at the Globe Hotel, Mr Francis
NEWTON held an inquest on the body of a single young
woman named Elizabeth ROE, aged 17, daughter of
Walter ROE, painter, of 95 Lodge-lane, Dukinfield,
who was found drowned on Saturday morning in the
Peak Forest Canal, under the following circumstances:
Walter ROE said: The deceased was
my daughter. I last saw her alive about 8 pm on
Friday last in Crescent-road. She was then very
cheerful, and in course of conversation asked
me for a "Wakesing." I gave her 1s, telling her
that would be enough for one night. I never saw
her again until I identified her dead body on
Samuel AXFORD said: I reside at
222 Astley-street, Dukinfield, and am a boat loader.
I have been courting the deceased for about 12
months. I last saw her alive about 10.30 on Friday
night when I left her at the end of a row of houses
near her house in Lodge-lane. We had been to Ashton
and during the evening deceased told me that her
mother had drawn mine and her own money from the
PSA Savings Club and spent it in paying a doctor's
bill at Southport. She said she was trying to
borrow the money so that I could go away. She
was to have met me at 12.15 next day against the
Ashton Town Hall, but I did not see her.
John HINDLEY said: I am a boatman,
and live in Astley-street, Dukinfield. At 4.15
on Saturday morning I was going along the Peak
Forest Canal towing path to my work, and when
near Well Bridge I found a woman's hat, jacket
and skirt on the towing path. Thinking someone
was in the water, I got a boathook, and in short
time recovered the body of the deceased.
Maria ROE said: I am the wife of
Walter ROE, and the deceased was our daughter.
She was 17 years of age. On Friday night, the
deceased left home about 7 o'clock. She had then
in her possession, so far as I could reckon, £6
13s 0d, being £4 of her own money, and £2 13s
0d belonging to AXFORD. I had not received any
money or spent any in the payment of a doctor's
bill. Detective MOTTERSHEAD said when searched
the deceased had 1s 01/2d
in her possession.
After some conversation about the
mystery surrounding the disappearance of the money
it was decided to adjourn the inquest until Tuesday
next, so as to give the police an opportunity
of tracing the money.
ASHTON WAKES CASUALTIES
Pleasures and Penalties
Rarely does the annual Wakes carnival pass over
without accident, sometimes very serious. The crowd
on the Market Ground was so large on Saturday and
Monday nights and the hurry and scurry and excitement
so great, that it is surprising that there were
not more accidents than there were to record. Like
all other up-to-date machinery, improvements have
to such an extent been made that steam roundabouts
go double motion imparted to them by man's ingenuity.
All kinds of mechanical contrivances are requisitioned
to supply the public taste for excitement so palpable
at Wakes time, and over that quiet and at one time
indubitable little arbour of retreat for juveniles,
the "pea saloon", has faded out of existence, and
given way to the more noisy and rowdy paraphernalia
so characteristic of a modern Wakes ground. Amid
all the din and noise no wonder people lose their
heads and accidents occur.
In addition to the awful shooting
gallery fatality referred to elsewhere, which
according to the evidence was purely the outcome
of the noisy, jostling crowd, other accidents
occurred which, although not fatal, gave cause
for alarm. On Monday, a boy named Ralph CHAPMAN,
aged seven, son of Samuel CHAPMAN, a miner of
Audenshaw-road, Audenshaw, was riding on DAVIES's
racing ostriches when he fell. Constable WALMSLEY
picked him off the footboard. The boy remained
unconscious for ten minutes. It was feared that
the base of the lad's skull was fractured. He
was taken to the Police Station, and there examined
and treated by DR PEARCE, who promptly arrived
on the scene. The boy was found to be suffering
from concussion of the brain. He was subsequently
removed home in a cab by his mother who is stewardess
at DR CRAWSHAW's surgery, Ashton.
A serious accident occurred on Monday
night to Miss Beatrice GIBSON, of 27 Lord-street,
who fell from one of the steam roundabouts on
to her head, causing a nasty scalp wound and also
severe bruises on the right arm and body. She
was taken home, and has since been confined to
her bed suffering from the wounds and shock, for
which she is under the care and treatment of DR
MURDEROUS ATTACK ON A GORTON
The Officer a Stalybridge Man
A sensational affair occurred at West Gorton
on Tuesday afternoon, when Police-constable Daniel
BENTLEY, of the City Police Force, was murderously
attacked by a labourer, named Charles SYLVUM, residing
at 10 Eskrigge-street. The occurrence had occasioned
considerable excitement, and during the hearing
of the case the court was crowded with spectators.
The first witness called was Police-sergeant
McDERMOTT, who received the prisoner into custody
at a quarter past four on Tuesday afternoon at
the dwelling house, and took him to the police
station. The prisoner was then under the influence
of drink, and it was not until half-past twelve
on the following day that witness charged him
with attempting to murder BENTLEY, and also with
shooting at him and others with intent to do grievous
Witness stated that about half past
two on Tuesday afternoon he was in Clowes-street,
when he was told that a constable had been shot
in Eskrigge-street. He went there, and found BENTLEY
surrounded by a crowd of people. Witness learned
that the prisoner had just goner into his own
house, and had closed the door, and he accordingly
followed him. When he got to the door someone
in the crowd shouted, "Look out; he's going to
Upon that witness ran round to the
back door to make sure that the man did not escape
that way; but finding the door closed he went
round to the front again to see what was the matter
with BENTLEY, whom he found had by that time got
up to SYLVUM's door, accompanied by the crowd.
Witness returning again to the back door, with
the object of securing SYLVUM, encountered prisoner
holding a revolver, and some people cried out
that he was going to shoot. Witness dropped in
the entry, and immediately afterwards heard a
shot fired. The people screamed, and then there
was another shot.
In the meantime BENTLEY had got
into the house and, with the assistance of another
man, had pinned the prisoner to the sofa. The
prisoner held a revolver in his right hand, and
he fired it while the struggle was going on. When
searched at the police station the prisoner had
a revolver in his possession and it contained
five spent and one full cartridge. There was a
desperate struggle with the prisoner before he
was finally secured, and he fired nine shots altogether.
Four empty cartridges were found near the back
door of the house, and a box containing 50 rounds
was afterwards found in his house. Yesterday morning
witness had made a second search for the remaining
bullets and found two of them in the street opposite
the door. There were bullet marks on the cupboard,
the window and the sofa.
Constable BENTLEY, the hero of the
adventure, who showed evident signs of the great
shock his nerves had received, then described
what had happened to him. He said that the prisoner
should have appeared before the magistrates on
Tuesday in answer to a summons, but he did not
turn up, his wife appearing on his behalf. She
was told that if her husband appeared at 10 o'clock
yesterday it would prevent a warrant being issued
against him. In the afternoon witness went to
look after two witnesses who lived in the same
street, and whose lives prisoner had threatened
to take if they appeared against him Prisoner
excitedly denied that this was the case.
Witness added that he went to a
house in Eskrigge-street to see a woman who was
now in court to tell her that she must appear
there that morning. Leaving the woman's house
and passing along the street he met prisoner standing
by his own door with a revolver in each hand.
Accompanying the threat with a foul expression,
prisoner told witness that he would do for him.
Witness did not believe that prisoner
was going to shoot until he fired three shots
in quick succession. Upon that, witness drew his
handcuffs from his pocket and walked towards the
prisoner who kept on firing all the time. He emptied
one revolver right off, and witness heard the
bullets strike the wall on the other side of the
street. One of them knocked his hat off. Immediately
afterwards Sergeant McDermott and a constable
came up, and the crowd called out to them not
to go near the door, adding "He'll shoot you dead."
Witness burst the door open and
saw the prisoner standing in the room still with
a revolver in his hand. Witness twisted his leg
and upset him, and as he was doing so prisoner
again shot at him, setting his tunic on fire.
In confirmation of this, the witness's tunic was
handed up for the inspection of the Bench, and
was seen to be perforated in three places. His
helmet, containing several bullet marks, was also
shown to the magistrates.
Prisoner was then remanded for a
WAKES TREAT TO ASHTON WORKHOUSE
In accordance with the usual custom the inmates
of the Union Workhouse were given a Wakes treat
on Ashton Market Ground on Wednesday. About one
hundred inmates, old and young, deaf and dumb, the
halt and the blind, took advantage of the opportunity
afforded of having a "razzle-dazzle" on the Market
Ground. They were accompanied by the Workhouse Master
(Mr SHORE) and a staff of attendants, and walked
in procession from the Workhouse to the Fair Ground,
where they arrived about two o'clock, and were taken
in hand by Mr J SNELL, Chief Constable, who had
arranged a capital programme for their delectation.
Every attention was paid to their
requirements by the Chief Constable, who was ably
assisted by Sergeant TOLSON and several constables.
The first place visited was Captain T PAYNE's
latest electric bioscope, where they were enabled
to see trick and laughable pictures by the score,
also local living pictures in which Ashtonians
were asked to see themselves as others saw them.
The local pictures represented workpeople leaving
Whittaker's Hurst Mills, Heginbottom's, and the
Wellington Mills, Whitelands-road.
The visitors were next delighted
with a ride on COLLINS' Venetian Gondolas, which
the generous proprietor allowed them to monopolise
to their hearts' content, stopping at intervals
to see who had had enough. They subsequently tested
their equestrian abilities on John COLLINS, jun,
galloping horses, and from there they went "tobogganing"
on John GREEN's switchback, and later on got amongst
the poultry, and indulged in long flights of imagination
as they were being whirled round on Peter COLLINS'
cocks and hens.
They wound up at the Fish Market,
where they were entertained by Mr John WHITEHEAD,
fish dealer, to a sumptuous repast of oysters,
shrimps, fruit of all kinds, cocoa nuts, mussels,
ice cream &c. On leaving the market they were
each presented with a parcel of fish to take back
with them. A most enjoyable afternoon was spent,
and when the visitors assembled outside the market
they did not fail to show their appreciation of
the kindness and consideration of those who had
so lavishly catered for them.
SUICIDE AT LITTLEMOSS
Sad End of a Club Treasurer
Mr J F PRICE, county coroner, held an inquest
at Droylsden on Monday into the death of James HOWARD,
late landlord of the Golden Pheasant Inn, who committed
suicide on Friday evening week. A "Wakes" club had
been held at the house, the deceased being entrusted
with the money, and the distribution should have
taken place that evening.
Ann HOWARD said deceased was her
husband, and was 51 years of age. About 7.30 on
Friday evening the deceased asked her to go an
errand, and at that time he was doing some writing
in connection with the "Wakes" club. When she
returned he was found suspended by means of a
clothes line round his neck in an outhouse. He
had never threatened to commit suicide. She understood
that he was a bit short in his "Wakes" club affairs,
but he had not said so.
John THORNBY, stonemason, said deceased
told him on Friday evening that he would make
the club payments between eight and nine o'clock.
He then appeared very nervous. John COOPER, of
the Welcome Inn, Ashton-under-Lyne, said deceased
called upon him on Tuesday and Wednesday week.
He said he was in financial difficulties and wanted
£100. On Wednesday they went to try and borrow
the money, but were unsuccessful. He (COOPER)
knew that the deceased did a little betting.
The Coroner said it was evident
that being short of money the deceased had been
driven to take his life. Envelopes had been made
out with the members' names on them, and the amount
due to them. The total amount of the club appeared
to be somewhere about £130. He was of the opinion
that betting was at the bottom of the matter.
The jury returned a verdict of suicide, but expressed
no opinion as to the state of the deceased's mind
at the time he committed the act.
TO MAKE ASHTON A "LITTLE
Sir, Knowing that your paper is one that
is always straight to the point and speaks openly
for anything that is for the benefit of the town
and the people, I wish to make a few remarks to
my fellow workers of the power they have in their
hands if they will but use it. Years ago, Ashton
was called the prettiest and cleanest town in the
north of England. Is that so to-day? If not, why
should it be so different from what it was? This
is the fault of the workers themselves. They have
the power in their own hands of altering this condition
First of all, we must obtain ownership
of the land. The law at present gives the power
to all Corporations to purchase land for improvements
and to build upon that land whatever is for the
benefit of the town. Land so purchased should
be used for the building of houses not
kennels for the working class, houses that
will be an ornament to the town, with a pleasant
front and proper accommodation at the rear, with
sufficient breathing room so that the rising generation
shall have such surroundings that their young
minds will be raised above the present paltry
level. The streets should be made brighter by
the addition of avenues of trees, which would
clear the air and give a healthy surrounding to
the homes of the people.
Secondly,, the water, the light,
and trams should be under public ownership. This
would lead the people to go in for the control
of the coal, bread and milk supply three
things which are sadly needed in Ashton. Let people
work in earnest, and nought can prevent the town
from becoming a little heaven on earth.
I am yours truly, IGNORAMUS
THE THEFT OF BRASS FITTINGS
Workmen Sent to Prison
At the Intermediate Sessions for the Hundred
of Salford, held at the Assize Courts on Monday,
Patrick RYAN (29) a labourer of Meadow-street, Openshaw,
and William LYONS of Aitken-street, Gorton, were
indicted for stealing 164lbs of brass, the property
of Messrs Slack and Brownlow, manufacturers, Abbey
Hey, Gorton, valued at £7 10s. Richard LOMAS (45),
general dealer, 460 Manchester-road, Droylsden,
was accused of receiving the same knowing it to
have been stolen.
Mr LEARY prosecuted, and Mr GIBBONS
defended LOMAS. The other prisoners conducted
their own defence. It was stated in evidence that
the prisoners RYAN and LYONS sold the brass, which
was worth £7 10s, to LOMAS for £2 3s 4d, who re-sold
it to a dealer in Stalybridge for a profit of
a halfpenny a pound, and that RYAN and LYONS had
been in the employment of the prosecutor. It was
urged in defence of LOMAS that there was no distinguishing
mark on the brass, and that he had no reason to
believe that the stuff had been stolen. The jury
acquitted LOMAS, and found the other prisoners
guilty. RYAN was sentenced to imprisonment for
four moths, and LYONS against whom there
was a previous conviction to imprisonment
for six months.
RESCUE OF A CHILD FROM DROWNING
Mr Harry HOLMES of Beechwood, Gorton, writes:
"On the 19th day of August 1901, William Albert
HILL, 45 Low-street, Gorton, rescued Eva WOLSTENHOLME,
38 Friendship Avenue, Gorton, from the Stockport
Great Central Railway Canal. He is one of the labourers
at the Gorton Cemetery, and the high railings prevented
him getting immediately to the drowning child, after
a quick run and a brave plunge, he brought her to
the bank, and by strenuous endeavours, aided by
kindly neighbours, brought the girl back again to
life. I can bear witness to his bravery and strongly
recommend him as a recipient of some reward from
any society recognising heroism in saving life."
TECHNICAL SCHOOL, MECHANICS'
Board of Education Examination Results
Building construction John NEWTON, Harold
FARMER, advanced 2nd class. Practical inorganic
chemistry Advanced 1st class: Edith LAWTON,
Harry NUTTALL, Tom WHITEHEAD. Advanced 2nd class
Albert CORLETT, George M TURNER, James O
CHEETHAM, John HOLT and Harold LEES.
THE BATHING FATALITY AT
On Friday evening Mr NEWTON, coroner, conducted
an enquiry at Councillor James BUCKLEY's Feathers
Inn, High-street, Stalybridge, touching the death
of Thomas Henry BROWN, whose sad end by drowning
in the Huddersfield canal the previous day was recorded
in Saturday's Reporter.
Alexander BROWN, father of deceased,
gave evidence of identification. He said his son
was 19 years of age, and was a nail cutter under
witness at the Globe Forge. He resided with witness
at 60 Sett-street. About seven o'clock on Thursday
evening deceased left home, he then being in his
usual good health. Shortly before nine o'clock
the same night witness was informed that deceased
whilst bathing had sunk in the canal, and upon
going to the place he saw the body recovered,
life then being extinct. He did not know that
his son had ever bathed there before.
Joseph HICKMAN, a youth residing
at 4 Sidebottom's-court, off Robinson-street,
deposed that he was bathing in the canal near
Messrs SUMMER's forge along with deceased and
other lads. BROWN could not swim, but he went
into the middle of the canal and almost immediately
began to flounder about. He finally sank, and
witness raised an alarm.
Detective LEES said the police were
constantly driving lads from the canal in the
warm season, but all to no purpose; they would
persist in bathing there. Several jurymen concurred,
and a verdict of "Accidental death" was returned.
The remains of the unfortunate young
man were interred at St Paul's, Staley, last Saturday
afternoon. Large crowds of people assembled in
the vicinity of the residence of the deceased,
many signs of sympathy being manifest in the neighbourhood
on behalf of the bereaved family. Six of the workmates
of the young man acted as bearers.
SEQUEL TO A STALYBRIDGE
The "Guests" Fined
On Monday, at the Stalybridge Police Court,
William SCHOFIELD, Henry SCHOFIELD, William SHEPHERD
and Henry DRAYCOTT, all of Ashton, were summoned
for being on the licensed premises of Susannah MOORHOUSE,
Junction Inn beerhouse, Back Grosvenor-street, during
prohibited hours, to wit 11.55 PM None of the defendants
Captain BATES, chief constable,
said he had received a letter from Mr POWNALL,
solicitor, respecting the two SCHOFIELDs, pleading
guilty on their behalf, and stating that they
would be away on their holidays on Monday. The
letter also asked the chief constable to take
the cases in their absence, and he had no objection
to that course. Respecting SHEPHERD's and DRAYCOTT's
absence he could not say anything.
Sergeant HEATH was called. He said
that at five minutes to twelve o'clock on the
night of the 1st inst, he visited the Junction
Inn, along with Constable A WELLS, and there found
the four defendants, who were standing in the
lobby with glasses on the bar counter and in front
of them. He told the men he should report them.
Captain BATES remarked that the
landlady had already been dealt with. Alderman
RIDYARD: Were there any mitigating circumstances
in this case? I think they should come before
the court if there are any. Captain BATES: I do
not think there were.
Alderman RIDYARD observed that perhaps
they were looked upon as friends. Captain BATES
replied: That was the defence, of course. These
men were found on the premises together with two
others who were relatives. Two of the men (SHEPHERD
and DRAYCOTT) are cabmen. The Bench fined the
brothers SCHOFIELD 5s and costs each, and the
cabmen 1s and costs each.
RAID UPON GAMESTERS AT MOTTRAM
At Hyde County Police Court on Tuesday, Robert
ASHWORTH, of 29 Windmill-street, Stockport, was
charged with gaming at Mottram by means of a watch
dial the previous day. Superintendent COOPER said
that in consequence of a great many complaints he
had received, he got two policemen in plain clothes
to go to Mottram Wakes, when they found the defendant
gaming, and when apprehended he had upon him £1
6s 91/2d. He was gaming with
a watch that wound up at the back, and on the dial
in front were the names of several horses, and the
trick was for the person to put a penny on the name
of the horse he thought the finger would stop at.
But there were always six losers to one winner.
There were six other cases similar
to this one, but they did not comprise a quarter
of the number of persons who were gaming at the
Wakes. When the defendant was apprehended there
was a general stampede. In some instances little
boys had lost two or three shillings with these
men, and some had been seen to "net" as much as
£6 and £7 at one standing. He asked for the defendant
to be severely dealt with. His remarks about him
applied equally with regard to the other men who
would be charged.
Constable WARING said he and Sergeant
TAYLOR went to the Wakes at Mottram the previous
afternoon, and there found the defendant in Church
Brow with a watch on a box, the finger of which
spinned round for people to put money on, and
on whatever name the finger stopped would be the
Defendant said he was very sorry,
and did not know he was doing wrong. It was the
first time he had ever played the game.
Superintendent COOPER: In addition
to the instrument he had a box and dice and canvas,
playing at "Under and over."
Defendant was fined 20s and costs
or a month's imprisonment with hard labour.
George Henry MORTON, 25 Oxford-road,
Dukinfield; Hammond HADDY, 59 Back Vandrey-street,
Stockport; John SMITH, Angel-street, off Rochdale-road,
Manchester; James KERR, 5 Mount-street, Ashton-under-Lyne;
and J BEAUMONT, 3 Howard's Buildings, Stalybridge,
were charged with gaming at Mottram with a dice
and box at a game called "Under and over,' and
they were each fined £1 and costs, or in default
a month in gaol with hard labour.