2 February 1901
The paper was full of articles about
the death of Queen Victoria and the coming funeral.
There was a brisk trade in black cloth and black
clothes judging by the advertisements, notably
by John WILSON and LEIGH and ARDERN, both shops
on Stamford Street.
PROSECUTOR STILL AT LARGE
Regular readers will recall the sorry last
week of Ernest REVILL and Arthur WILSON, both
of Ashton, who had been accused of attempted robbery
by Frederick ASHWORTH. He claimed that the pair
had gone through his pockets as they shared a cab
from Ashton to Hyde in the mistaken belief that
he had £30 on him. The earlier trial was adjourned
because ASHWORTH had skipped town and a warrant
had been issued for his arrest. Detective Sergeant
MOORE told the court that he had been able to trace
ASHWORTH who was believed to be in Queenstown.
Mr HEATHCOTE, the defending solicitor,
said his clients had accompanied ASHWORTH simply
for his protection. The bench dismissed the case
for lack of evidence.
RETURN OF ANOTHER ASHTON
Trooper Fred MAKIN returned home after a year
in South Africa with the Imperial Yeomanry Volunteers.
His family were not expecting him and the first
they knew of it was a telegram to his wife sent
after he landed asking her to meet him at the station
in Manchester. This she did with other relatives
and "Fred had the liveliest ten minutes on Victoria
platform that he had during his whole experience
in South Africa. They 'outflanked' him and 'surrounded'
him and of course, he had to surrender for the first
He told the Reporter of his journey
by ship via Ceylon where they were taking Boer
prisoners. "Adverting to the character of the
Boer prisoners, Trooper MAKIN described them as
uncouth and obstinate and awfully averse to the
English plan of sleeping in hammocks on board
ship. To them, it was as bad as sleeping on a
clothes line for they invariably overbalanced
themselves and fell out."
"Trooper MAKIN fully endorsed all
that had been said about the splendid climate
of South Africa
and states that if he were
single, he would be anxious as ever to renew his
acquaintance with the 'rolling veldt' and the
DENTON RELIEF FUND
"A sacred concert in aid of the sufferers of
the Denton disaster was
given in the Oddfellows Hall on Sunday by Mossley
Brass Band. The 'Dead March' was first played, the
audience standing uncovered. Mr R DAWSON gave a
good rendering of a song entitled 'A Dream of Paradise',
the pleasing effect being heightened by the tasteful
manner in which Mr BATTY played the violin obligato.
FATAL ACCIDENT TO MILLBROOK
The inquest into the death of Emma ROTHWELL
heard that it had happened after an accident at
the Staley Mill Company where she worked as a ring
spinner. She was aged 16, the daughter of George
and Sarah ROTHWELL of 11 Arpley Place, Millbrook.
She had been taken to the District Infirmary with
a serious laceration to her upper right arm and
though she appeared to be responding to the treatment,
blood poisoning set in and she died.
Mary WHITEHEAD, a fellow spinner,
said that she had seen the girl on her knees,
brushing the ledge of her frame. She had been
in a safe position at that time. "Immediately
afterwards, I heard a noise and the deceased's
frame was jumping and I saw her lying on the floor.
One of her arms was fast between the rollers in
Emma was buried in St James' Churchyard.