ACCIDENT TO AN ASHTON LAMPLIGHTER
A serious accident occurred on Monday to a lamplighter,
named Daniel MACDONALD, aged 61, residing at 38
Hill-street, Ashton. He had mounted a ladder and
was engaged in cleaning a lamp at the corner of
Bentinck-street and Blandford-street, when the
ladder slipped and MACDONALD was precipitated
to the ground, his head coming in contact with
He was picked up by Ernest SNOW, shoemaker, of
82 Bentinck-street, Ashton, and was carried into
a shop. He was suffering, apparently, from internal
injuries as well as injuries to the head, and
vomited a considerable quantity of blood. Dr BOWMAN
was sent for, and on his advice MACDONALD was
removed to the District Infirmary on an ambulance.
The extent of his injuries could not be ascertained,
but they are supposed to be serious.
ANOTHER SMALLPOX CASE AT
authorities of the town were on Thursday notified
of a fresh case of smallpox, the victim being a
young man residing in Minto-street, Ashton. Within
two hours of the outbreak the patient was removed
to the borough infectious hospital and the house
in Minto-street fumigated, and the members of the
family have been re-vaccinated and immured for 14
The sanitary authorities are unable to trace the
cause, the house being clean and well looked after,
but it is conjectured that the victim has been in
contact with someone suffering from smallpox, probably
in some other town. A recommendation has been made
by the sanitary authorities that the hands at the
mill where he worked be re-vaccinated.
ASSAULT AT ASHTON
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, a diminutive
fellow named Edward KELLY was charged with committing
an aggravated assault upon a young woman named Mary
ADDENBROOKE on 25th January. He pleaded guilty.
Complainant stated that on the date named, defendant
came into Mr CATLOW's shop, Stamford-street, with
a begging letter. She told him she had nothing to
give him. He stood there, and did not offer to leave
the shop and asked her if she could give him something
at any other time. She told him he need not call
again. He then began to talk in a familiar manner,
and became impertinent.
She went round the counter, opened
the door, and told him he had better go. He tried
to catch hold of her hand, and stood at the corner
of the counter for a good while. He made as though
he was going behind the counter. She went to intercept
him, and then he got hold of her and threw her
on the floor. The Clerk: Hadn't you a good
thick stick in the shop? If you had, you would
have been justified in giving him a good hiding.
Defendant said he was very sorry it
had happened, and if the Bench would look over
it he would see that it never occurred again.
The Clerk: The Bench don't look over things like
this. You go into a shop with a begging letter
for support, and because the young lady does not
think fit to give you anything, you make offensive
overtures to her and assault her. It is a pity
she had not a good thick stick in the shop. Had
you been in other shops? Defendant: No.
I had a drop of drink.
Witness: After he had gone out I locked
the door, but he returned and tried to enter again.
The Clerk: Where do you come from? Defendant:
I live at 39 Tatton-street. The Clerk: Why
didn't you go out when she ordered you out of
the shop? Defendant: I had a drop of drink.
Look over it this time. I am sorry it has happened.
Mr T D STEEL: Hadn't you been in several
shops that night? Defendant: No.
Mr STEELD: Do you remember being at my place?
Defendant: Where is that? The Clerk:
Mr STEEL, tailor, Stamford-street. Defendant:
Oh yes, I called there. Mr STEEL: And you
went into the Liberal Club in Stamford-street.
Defendant: No sir.
Councillor CATLOW wished to say a
word. He said the defendant had been to his premises
several times with these begging letters, saying
that he was collecting for a hawker's license.
The authorities would not grant a license to a
person with a character such as the defendant
possessed. He has a very strong suspicion that
defendant on one occasion robbed the shop till
sometime before. On the Saturday night, when he
came into the shop, Miss ADDENBROOKE said, "Mr
CATLOW is not in,' and defendant said, ' Oh, I
well know that.' The Clerk: You were not
there, Mr CATLOW, and you cannot give that evidence.
CATLOW added the defendant had been a great nuisance
to tradesmen for some time. He was knew he was
in the Liberal Club prior to coming into his shop
that night. In reply to the Bench, the Chief
Constable said defendant had been up five times,
four for stealing. It was an offence going round
with this begging letter as well. The Chairman
(Mr Henry HALL) told defendant they looked upon
it as a very serious case, and they had decided
to commit him to prison for six months. Perhaps
it would be a lesson to him not to do anything
of that sort again.
HARD LABOUR INSTEAD OF THE
LAMB, one of the prisoners who were sentenced to
nine months' hard labour and 18 strokes with the
cat, was brought up again at the close of the business
at the Manchester Assizes on Friday. His Lordship,
addressing him, said he was informed by the prison
doctor that prisoner was suffering from disease
of the left shoulder, and that a flogging might
produce further trouble. He had, under the circumstances,
to alter the sentence, and although prisoner richly
deserved the flogging, he would be sentenced to
an additional nine months' hard labour instead,
making 18 months in all.
THE RAILWAY COMPANY AT GUIDEBRIDGE
At the Ashton
Borough Police Court on Monday, a young man named
John Joseph MILNER was summoned for travelling on
the Great Central Railway without having paid his
fare on the 4th instant; also with giving a false
name and address. He pleaded guilty.
Inspector COTTRILL prosecuted, and
said it was one of the worst cases that had been
brought before the court for some considerable
time. Defendant was a watchmaker working at Oldham,
and lived at Hooley Hill. On the 2nd instant,
when the ticket examiner came to examine tickets
at Guidebridge, defendant said, 'Weekly, weekly.'
Asked to produce it, he fumbled in his pockets
until the train started, and he was allowed to
proceed. On the Saturday morning, the collector
came across him again, and defendant said as before,
'weekly.' 'Let me see it,' said the examiner,
and he produced two tickets one from Guidebridge
to Oldham, and the other Guidebridge to Ashton
Oldham-road. Both tickets were out of date.
He was asked for his name and address,
and gave J HADFIELD, Water-street, Hooley Hill.
Witness visited that address, and no such name
was known there. As he had observed, it was one
of the worst cases they had come across for a
long time, and he might inform the Bench that
these cases of giving false addresses were very
much upon the increase, therefore he asked for
a heavy penalty.
The Clerk: What have you got to say?
Defendant: I have got nothing to say that
I know of. The Clerk: I suppose you know
that railway companies expect people to pay for
travelling on their lines? Are you a watchmaker?
Defendant: Yes. The Clerk: If anyone
leaves a watch to be cleaned, and you do the work,
you expect to be paid for it. Defendant:
Yes. The Clerk: And the railway company
expect you to pay to travel on their lines. Why
did you give a false name and address?
Defendant: I was a bit upset just then.
The Clerk: Why did you say 'weekly?' Defendant:
I admit I am guilty to that. The Bench imposed
a fine of 20s and costs in each case, with 2s
for witnesses expenses. Total £3 7s, in
default one month.
Edward WARHURST was summoned for a
like offence on the 14th. When the case was called,
Mr J B POWNALL rose, and said he had only just
been instructed and his client desired an adjournment
for a week. Mr COTTRILL does not object, providing
the defendant paid the witnesses expenses.
Inspector COTTRILL asked that the summons should
be amended to the 15th. The adjournment
Annie PRINGLE, an elderly woman, was
also charged with travelling without paying her
fare and giving a false name and address on the
21st. Defendant said she had lost her half-ticket.
The Clerk: And you gave a false address?
Defendant: I had flitted from there three weeks
before. Inspector COTTRILL said the defendant
was a passenger by the 5.10am train from Manchester
to Guidebridge. In the same carriage was an employee
of the company, and he saw her with 2d in her
hand all the way. On passing the exit door at
Guidebridge she tendered 2d and said 'Gorton.'
The employee then said, 'You have come from Manchester.'
She then said, 'Oh yes,' and wanted to pay another
21/2d. She gave her name
and an address at 85 Town-lane, Denton, but he
found she had not been there for a considerable
Her proper address was Wild-street,
Hyde-road. When he went to her house to see her
about it, her son was very abusive and said, 'If
you take her before the magistrates we can pay,
I expect.' Defendant: Was I abusive? No,
but you did not stop your son. Defendant
said she had lost her half-ticket, and proffered
2d in place of 41/2d. She
wished the gentleman who was in the train was
present. Inspector COTTRILL said he was,
and called him as a witness, somewhat to the defendant's
confusion. He produced a Testament of his own
from his pocket to be sworn upon, which drew the
remark from the Clerk that it would be well if
everyone brought their own.
Witness, whose name did not transpire,
said he travelled by the 5.10 from Manchester
to Guidebridge in the same carriage as the defendant.
He saw her with 2d in her hand all the way, and
at Guidebridge she tendered it to the collector
with the remark, 'Gorton.' In reply to the defendant,
he said he did not see her turn out her pockets
in the carriage. In fact, she did nothing of the
kind. The Chairman remarked that the witness
could have no object in coming there to tell untruths.
said she had no more to say except that she did
not give a wrong address. It was simply her old
address. The Clerk: Your son says you are
prepared to pay. Defendant: If he is, I
am not. The Clerk: Very likely he will,
then. The Bench fined defendant 5s and costs
for the first offence, and 5s 6d for costs in
the second case; in default 14 days.
DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. Henry JONES
was before Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
and pleaded guilty to being drunk on licensed premises
on January 18th.for which he was fined 10s for costs.
BICYCLE RIDING ON THE FOOTPATH.
A youth named Rowland MILLER was before the Ashton
County Justices, on Wednesday, charged with riding
a bicycle on the footpath At Hurst on January
18th. Defendant pleaded guilty, and gave
as an excuse that the roadway was dirty, and he
had no mud-guards on. The Magistrates: If
the roadway was so dirty, why ride a bicycle.
Defendant was fined 5s.
TAKING A FRIEND HOME.
Alfred MARLAND and Michael SPELMAN were before
the Ashton County Justices on Wednesday, charged
with being drunk and disorderly at Hurst on January
20th. MARLAND pleaded guilty to being drunk,
but not guilty to being disorderly, and SPELMAN
pleaded not guilty to both charges. A constable
stated that at 10 past 10 on the night in question
he saw the two defendants in Hillgate-street,
Hurst, drunk, and creating a disturbance, shouting
and using bad language. Defendant SPELMAN
said he only got hold of MARLAND to take him home
as he was drunk. He did not think he was doing
anything wrong, or he should not have touched
him. Superintendent HEWITT said there were
seven previous convictions recorded against MARLAND,
and one against SPELMAN. Defendants were
each fined 5s 6d.
MONEY SQUABBLE. Thomas HENSHAW and Sarah
Ann JONES pleaded not guilty at the Ashton County
Police Court, on Wednesday, to a charge of committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst on January 18th.
A constable stated that about five minutes to
eleven on the night in question he saw the defendants
fighting in Matley-street, Hurst, and had to separate
them. Defendant HENSHAW said that JONES
owed his wife a bit of money, and he sent his
little 'wench' to ask for it. He also went to
the house, and the door was banged in his face.
JONES came out of the house, and hit him on the
top of the head with her clog. JONES said
she did not know HENSHAW before this occurrence.
She owed him 1s 2d. He rushed at her and struck
her on the face, and kicked her on the leg.
Defendants were bound over in 40s to keep the
peace for three months. The female defendant
preferred to go down, and she passed into the