28 September 1901
ESCAPADE OF TWO AUDENSHAW YOUTHS
A "Deadwood Dick" Story
Two youths named Frederick DEAN and Josh CHATTERTON,
were in the dock at the Ashton County Police Court,
on Wednesday, on a series of charges of breaking
and entering the premises of John BOWKER, Audenshaw,
and stealing therefrom a knife, a bunch of keys,
and a pair of spectacles; also breaking and entering
the premises of Messrs WORSLEY and BERISFORD,
hat manufacturers, and stealing therefrom a number
of stamps and small coins.
John BOWKER, retired draper, 173
Audenshaw-road, Audenshaw, stated that on August
31st he locked up his house and went away for
a holiday. The articles produced were his property,
and he left them safe in his house. On the 23rd
instant a constable came to where he was staying
at Mellor and showed him a knife and keys, which
he identified as his property. They were worth
Constable SHOESMITH deposed to arresting
the prisoners. DEAN had a bunch of keys in his
possession and CHADDERTON had the knife and a
key to open the door of Mr BOWKERs house.
On charging them, CHADDERTON said he fetched the
key from their back kitchen shelf. They both admitted
George WORSLEY, hat manufacturer,
Cross Gates, Audenshaw, stated that on September
13th a number of postage stamps and coins were
left in the office. Witness subsequently found
that the safe had been tampered with, and that
the stamps and coins and some disused keys had
been taken. The value of the articles was about
5s. The office window had also been broken. Constable
SHOESMITH deposed to the prisoners admitting going
into the premises in their stocking feet three
The Magistrates Clerk (holding
up a bulls eye lantern, a burglars
jemmy, and a drill): What put these into your
heads, my boys? (No answer, prisoners looking
very sullen and stupid.) Superintendent HEWITT:
The very fact of having these articles is sufficient
to give you penal servitude.
Prisoner DEAN: We go to the theatre
every Saturday night. The Magistrates Clerk:
You dont go to the theatre to learn how
to become housebreakers. Prisoner DEAN: Weve
seen it done there. The Magistrates Clerk:
And, as a rule, youve had it shown to you
at the theatre that people who do this sort of
thing get heavily punished? Prisoner DEAN: Yes.
The Chairman: What sort of work
do you boys do? Superintendent HEWITT: CHADDERTON
is a piecer at Messrs KERSHAWs, Guidebridge,
and DEAN is employed at Messrs JONES machine
works, Hooley Hill. He is a fitter and has made
the tools himself. Prisoner DEAN: Ive made
them at home. Magistrates Clerk: You took
this (holding up a drill bit) to the works to
sharpen it? Yes. So that you could drill
a hole into the safe? Yes.
The Chairman said it was very seldom
that the bench had brought before them prisoners
so young who seemed to be so very hardened and
determined to pursue a career of crime. The leniency
of the bench only had saved them from being sent
to prison. He hoped that the leniency and kindness
shown would not be thrown away. Prisoners were
bound over in the sum of £5 each to be of good
behaviour for twelve months, and to come up for
judgement when called upon.
A RESPLENDENT OLDHAM OFFICIAL
50s for a Pair of Trousers
The meeting of the Finance Committee was held
at the Oldham Town Hall on Thursday night. When
the accounts, amounting to £35,718 17s 3d were presented
for payment, Alderman SIMISTER drew attention to
an item of £13 10s for the Town Hall attendants
uniform, the coat and vest being put down at £11,
and the trousers £2 10s. Mr LEES: What! Fifty
shillings for a pair of trousers? I want a suit
for £4. Mr BROWN, the attendant, said there
was gold down the sides of the trousers.
Mr LEES: That accounts for the big price. Alderman
SIMISTER: I dont think Mr BROWN likes such
a uniform. He does not like to be dressed like a
I know he does not care about being
dressed up in such things, especially if he is
in the street. It is money thrown into the street.
Mr BROWN will want someone to take care of him
and see that he does not soil his clothes. It
isnt safe for such a valuable suit to go
out. (Laughter.) He ought to be insured.
(Renewed laughter.) Mr BROWN (the attendant):
There is not a Mayors attendant that I know
but that has either an overcoat or a cloak, yet
I have neither.
Alderman SIMISTER: Who looked after
you in Glasgow? The Mayor: When the attendant
went with me there, he fairly put me in the shade.
(Laughter.) Councillor LEES: Who was in
charge of Mr BROWN? I suppose there was a detective
sent? It is funny how he arrived back with the
clothes safe. (Laughter.) Alderman SIMISTER:
It is necessary that some members of the Finance
Committee should look after him. Councillor
LEES: Perhaps that will suit you, Mr SIMISTER.
The matter dropped, and the accounts were subsequently
WIFE DESERTION. At the Ashton County Police
Court, on Wednesday, Collinson HOLLAND was summoned
by his wife, Mary A HOLLAND, for desertion at Hurst.
Defendant pleaded not guilty. Complainant
stated that her husband left her 10 years ago with
five children. He had only sent her 3s a week and
the rent for her house was 3s 7d a week. Defendant
said he formerly worked for the Midland Railway
Company and was sent away to work. He sent his wife
£1 every week. He was a pensioner and his wife had
received a portion of the pension, about £2 10s
every three months. His wife was addicted to drink
and when he returned home the furniture was all
sold. The Bench made a maintenance order for
4s a week.
THE LICENCE OF THE HAPPY SHEPHERD.
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
Mr J B POWNALL made application on behalf of Wm
Henry THORPE for the renewal of the licence of
the Happy Shepherd, Hillgate-street, Hurst. Mr
POWNALL said unfortunately his client was convicted
in December last year for selling to a drunken
person. There was also another charge which was
dismissed. In connection with selling to a drunken
person the law was awkward as regard the publican.
The man got on to the premises without giving
any indication of insobriety, and the landlord
was deceived. Under the circumstances, as this
was his only offence, there was no reason why
the licence should be with-held. The presiding
magistrate (Mr A H REYNER) said the Bench had
taken the case into consideration, and they would
renew the licence. The Bench desired him to say
that what had been done would be recorded, and
he must earnestly press the landlord that in the
conducting of his house, he must be more careful
in the future than in the past.
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
Kate LOVATT was before the Ashton county justices
on Wednesday, and pleaded guilty to committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst. The magistrates
bound her over in 40s to keep the peace for three
NO GUN LICENCE. Wm
BUCKLEY failed to appear at the Ashton County
Police Court on Wednesday to answer a charge of
having a gun without licence at Hurst. A
constable deposed to seeing the defendant in possession
of a daisy air gun in Marland-street. Fined
12s 6d and costs or 14 days.
THE STONE THROWING NUISANCE.
Four youths named William WOLSTENHOLME, James
CARTWIGHT, A SHORT, and Edward WRIGHT, were before
the Ashton county justices on Wednesday charged
with throwing stones on September 8th. A
constable deposed to seeing the defendants throwing
stones in Collier-street. Numerous complaints
had been received of windows of houses and street
lamps having been broken. Defendants pleaded
guilty and were each fined 6s.
DOG NO LICENCE. At
the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, Wm
Isaac FAWCETT was charged with keeping dog without
a licence at Hurst on August 3rd. Wilmott TAYLOR
(Inland Revenue Officer) said there were two dogs
owned by the defendant at the Agricultural Show
held at Hurst on August 3rd, and only one licence,
and was fined 7s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
A PERSONAL STATISTICIAN
A singular old man has died in Vienna in his
seventy-third year. He died with the reputation
of being the most exact man on record. From his
twenty-seventh year he kept accurate account of
everything he bought, and what he paid for it. In
the twenty seven years of his convivial life he
consumed 28,786 glasses of beer. He gave up drinking
in his fifty-fourth year, but he continued to smoke
constantly, even during his last sickness, raising
the number of his cigars to 628,713, or an average
of 13,667 a year. Of the whole number some 43,500
were given to him; he bought the rest for £2,500,
or about a penny each.
A JUBILEE AT THE WHITE LION
On Tuesday evening, at the White Lion Inn, Booth-street,
Ashton, a meeting of an exceedingly interesting
character took place. The host and hostess, Mr and
Mrs Miles ROTHWELL, invited a number of habitues
and some old friends, to partake of dinner and spend
a few pleasant hours in convivial intercourse. The
occasion was to celebrate a fifty years tenancy
of the White Lion premises. The affair was highly
Mr George LEONARD occupied the chair.
After briefly explaining the auspices under which
they had been called together, he proposed "Our
King and Queen." Ex-Colour-Sergeant MATTHEWS,
formerly of the 3rd VBMR, proposed
the "Army, Navy, Reserve, and Volunteer Forces,"
in appropriate terms. He said he was proud of
his connection with the volunteers, and was proud
the men sent out to the front from the Ashton
corps had rendered such a good account of themselves.
Mr John JINKS proposed "The
Host and Hostess." In the course of his remarks
he said the occasion was not an ordinary one.
It was no common thing to hear of such extended
tenancies. To Mrs ROTHWELL, perhaps, his remarks
ought to be more particularly addressed. All her
life had been spent at the White Lion, and she
had conducted the business with credit. At one
time, the house was the rendezvous of commercial
and business men, and for over half a century
tradesmen of various kinds had met together to
discuss the pressing questions of the moment.
There had been many changes made in their towns
affairs during Mrs ROTHWELLs residence at
the White Lion.
Mr Miles ROTHWELL thanked the assembly
for their hearty appreciation of the toast proposed.
He was grateful for the kind remarks Mr JINKS
had addressed to Mrs ROTHWELL. When he came to
the house as a customer many years ago he found
warm friends, and he carried pleasant recollections
of earlier days spent in that house amongst old
Mr John WARREN said he was 72 years
of age, and therefore could talk about ancient
history with some confidence. He was bound apprentice
to the tinplate-working and held his "bindings"
at that house. It was a far different place then.
His Uncle Nelson WARREN used to keep it, and Mr
Thomas WILSON succeeded Nelson WARREN when his
Uncle Nelson went to keep the Snipe Inn, at Audenshaw.
The present Mrs ROTHWELL was then Miss WILSON.
She afterwards became Mrs Robert HOLLAS, a genial
man, who was taken away. The house was famous
for the excellence of its catering, and currant
puddings were a feature. (Laughter.)
Mr Joseph KIRKHAM said he knew that
the first barrel of ale brewed by Thomas SCHOLFIELD
at the old brewery behind the Friendship Inn came
to the White Lion, and when SCHOFIELDs new
brewery was built the first barrel of beer delivered
from there went to the White Lion. Mr P MARLAND
proposed "The Town and Trade of Ashton,"
Mr Robert SUTTON, President of the
Skipmakers, spoke of the connection the skipmakers,
the Oddfellows, and other confraternities, had
with the White Lion, and the great length of time
the skipmakers of Ashton had made it their society
house. The party broke up at two oclock,
an extension having been obtained from the borough
justices. The hours went by in perfect harmony
and good fellowship very quickly.
MAN RUN OVER AT STALYBRIDGE
At five oclock on Wednesday afternoon
a carter named George Harry SCHOFIELD, of Curzon-road,
Hurst, in the employ of James LOWE, waste dealer,
was in charge of a lurry which was being loaded
at Messrs HARRISONs Mill, Henry-street, Stalybridge,
when the horse bolted. In trying to stop it SCHOFIELD
fell, and two of the wheels passed over his chest.
He was examined by Dr TATE, who ordered his removal
to the Infirmary where his injuries were found to
be of a serious nature.
THE SCARCITY OF WATER
Fined for "Swilling" at Stalybridge
At the Stalybridge Police Court on Monday, three
householders appeared in answer to summonses charging
them with unlawfully using water supplied for domestic
purposes by throwing the same on the public footway
and street. The first case was that against Eliza
HAGUE, of 13 Brierley-street. Mr F THOMPSON, who
appeared on behalf of the District Waterworks Committee,
stated that the proceedings were taken by Mr J N
WHITE as local manager for the committee under the
provisions of the Local Waterworks Act, Incorporated
with the Waterworks Acts of 1862, whereby it was
enacted that any person being supplied with water
for domestic purposes, wilfully wasting the same,
was liable to a certain penalty.
The bench were aware that in consequence
of the scarcity of water, swilling had been prohibited,
due notice having been given to consumers to that
effect. Notwithstanding this on Friday last the
defendant was seen swilling her flags. The matter
was reported, and the Waterworks Committee felt
justified in taking these proceedings. In giving
evidence as to the scarcity of water, Mr W H ROTHWELL,
secretary to the Waterworks Committee, stated
that the position was worse than it had been for
Formal evidence having been given
as to its misuse, defendant said that she only
used a small quantity, and it was raining at the
time. A fine of 2s 6d for costs was imposed.
The other two defendants were Randal CHEETHAM,
19 Brierley-street, and John WILKINSON, of 9 Ayton-street.
The former stated that he knew nothing about it;
his wife had done the swilling. Mr THOMPSON
explained that they were bound to proceed against
the person to whom the water was supplied. The
same remark applied to the case of WILKINSON,
who was represented by his wife. She stated that
both she and her husband were at work, and did
not know anything about it. The person who was
swilling was a lodger. Similar penalties
were imposed in both cases, 2s 6d for costs. In
answer to Mr THOMPSONs objection that this
was inadequate for costs, the bench replied that
future offenders would not be so leniently dealt
NEGLECT TO MAINTAIN FAMILY. At the Ashton
County Police Court on Wednesday, William WHITE
was charged with neglecting to maintain his wife
and family, who became chargeable to the union on
December 5th. Mr SIMONS said they had cost the union
£7 7s, £2 7s of which had been paid by defendant,
who was an organ builder, and had four large shops
at Bradford. An order of 5s a week was made.
A LOCAL POLICE CONSTABLE PRIZE
WINNER. Police constable James HAWCOURT
has been successful in the exhibiting a black
tan terrier at the following shows: August
14, Bakewell Farmers Club, any other variety
terrier, dog or bitch, open class, first prize;
August 21, Worsley black and tan terrier bitch,
open class, first prize; September 18, Middlewich,
any other variety under thirty pounds, dog or
bitch, second prize; September 19, Heaston, Nottingham,
black and tan terrier dog or bitch, open, first
prize and special.
THEFT FROM THE WORKHOUSE.
Lewis McARTHUR was in the dock, at the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday, charged with
stealing rags from the Ashton Union Workhouse.
Richard REYNOLDS, porter at the Ashton Union,
said the goods produced were the property of the
Guardians, and he saw them safe on Friday morning
at the workhouse. They were worth 1s. Prisoner
was formerly an inmate. George REED, constable
at Hurst, deposed to meeting prisoner in Mossley-road,
shortly after eight oclock in the morning
of the 21st September, carrying the bag produced.
He took prisoner to the workhouse, where the bag
was identified. On charging him with stealing
the articles he made no reply. Asked by
the Bench whether he preferred to be tried there
or go to the sessions, prisoner said he would
prefer the latter, and the magistrates accordingly
committed him to the next Salford Sessions.
WEDDING AT RYECROFT CHAPEL.
On Saturday afternoon a large number of persons
assembled at Ryecroft Chapel to witness the marriage
of Mr Joseph ASPIN and Miss Florence WALKER, both
of Ryecroft. After the ceremony the party adjourned
to the West End Conservative Club where between
sixty and seventy sat down to a splendid tea provided
by Mrs WARD, Stamford-street. After tea the happy
couple left for Colwyn Bay, where the honeymoon
is being spent.
GUN WITHOUT LICENCE.
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
John SUMMERSCALES was charged with having a gun
without a licence at Woodhouses on the 28th July.
Defendants father appeared and said the
weapon was only a toy pistol. A constable
gave evidence to the effect that he saw defendant
fire a revolver in a field on the date mentioned
at Woodhouses. Defendant was fined 10s and
UNITY HOTEL, BOOTH-STREET.
The attraction on Tuesday evening at the above
house was a smoking concert promoted by the host,
Mr O BROOKS, and a select company enjoyed the
singing of the following artistes: J EARLY,
Tom ROGERSON, Ben ASHTON, Tom TAYLOR, Fred PALMER,
Joe TAYLOR, G GREENBANK; pianists J SHANNEY and
Sam JONES; a friend, Mr Arthur WOOLLEY, officiated
as chairman. A very pleasant evening was spent.
FAREWELL PARTY. On
Saturday evening, at the Grapes Inn, Whitelands-road,
(Mr John HEAPs), a pleasant party took place.
The occasion was to bid adieu to Mr G H HILL,
of Lawrence, Mass, USA, who had been visiting
his brother-in-law, Mr HEALEY, at Whitelands.
It is sixteen years since Mr HILL left Ryecroft
for the New World. He brought with him a number
of presents from neighbours in Lawrence for friends
in this locality.
CAUSING AN OBSTRUCTION.
At Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Thomas
WADSWORTH and Ernest STELFOX were charged with
obstruction at Waterloo on the 7th inst.
Defendants mothers appeared. STELFOX pleaded
guilty and WADSWORTH not guilty. Evidence
was given to the effect that WADSWORTH was sitting
amongst a lot of others at the corner of Langham-street
and Oldham-road causing an obstruction.
Defendants mother said her son was simply
bending down to tie his shoe when Sergeant DOVE
jumped off an electric car and caught him.
Defendants were each fined 5s.
SUDDEN DEATH OF A WOMAN
Information was received by the police on Tuesday
of the death of Mary HALTON, widow of William HALTON,
which took place at 1.30 am on the same day.
Jane Ann BAGSHAW said she lived
at 17 Hill-street. Deceased was her aunt, and
had lived with her since Easter. She had had moderately
good health considering her age, but she was a
little subject to mazy bouts, having had two while
living with the witness. About three years ago
she had been under the doctor for some complaint,
of what nature witness could not say. Deceased
did not appear to be suffering from anything lately.
On Monday witness went home from her work at six
oclock. Deceased was there and got tea ready,
which they partook together.
At eleven oclock they retired
to bed. They both occupied different rooms. While
going to bed deceased made no complaint and appeared
to be in her usual health, but at 12 oclock
witness was awakened by hearing her cry out "Jenny"."
She at once went to her room and found her lying
on her right side. She appeared to be trying to
breathe. As she was rather low down the bed, witness
lifted her up, and placed her head on the pillow.
She did not speak. Witness then brought in a neighbour,
Mrs TAYLOR, and also sent for Dr TWOMEY, who came.
Ten minutes after his arrival deceased died. Replying
to the coroner witness said she did not notice
the colour of her face. It was not dark and she
could not say whether it had gone paler. She did
not struggle at all. Deceased had been very comfortable
The Coroner remarked that Dr TWOMEY
had sent no certificate of death, so they had
to rely solely on the evidence. After some discussion
a verdict of "Death from natural causes,
probably sudden failure of the hearts action,"
LETTER FROM A STALYBRIDGE
EX-CONSTABLE IN SOUTH AFRICA
During the past week ex-Sergeant TETLOW, formerly
of the Stalybridge borough police force, and now
retired at Broadheath, has received a letter from
ex-Constable ROBINSON, who left the Stalybridge
borough police force nearly two years ago to become
an attendant at a lunatic asylum at Leeds. He, however,
resigned the position, and went out to South Africa
as a farrier in the Army. His trade was that of
a farrier, and his abilities soon gained for him
promotion to sergeant. The letter reads as follows:
Farrier-Sergt R J
112, Middlesex Imp. Yeomen,
Field Force, South Africa
Aug 12th, 1901
Dear Mr TETLOW, It was only
last night that I was thinking of the pleasant
times I often had when I was in Stalybridge, so
I thought I would just drop you these few lines
to let you know that I am still alive. I have
not been so unlucky as to stop a bullet yet, but
my poor horse has. He got shot from under me.
I could have cried over him, he was so good and
faithful. I shall never have another like him.
You know I was always fond of a nice horse, and
he was one of them.
We had it pretty stiff with the
Boers on June 24th, 25th, and 26th. We had a lot
of men wounded and a good many horses killed.
The enemy took five men prisoners, and after taking
everything off them, they let them go. It is very
hard getting at them on the kopjes round about
Restenburgh and Reitfontein, where DELAREY and
his forces are. They will want some shifting from
It is hard trekking on biscuits
and bully beef; but I hope it will soon be all
over, as I have had it hard enough. I have had
the work to do all by myself, as the three shoeing-smiths
have left me two are in hospital, and the
other has been court-martialled; so I have my
hands full, having all the horses to shoe, and
all the sick horses to attend to. But I do not
care so long as I keep drawing sergeant-majors
pay. I will have the crown up before long, and
hope to be home before Christmas, all being well.
If I get leave I will come through to see you
all. With best respects to all from yours
affectionately, Farrier-Sergeant R J ROBINSON.
PS I wonder how John BEEVER
is getting on? Write me soon, and let me know
all particulars. And I will thank you for a paper
if you will send it, as we never get to hear any