MR JAMES MENDEL
The Blind Pianist of Fairfield
On Saturday afternoon, the blind pianist, MENDEL,
who appeared at the Hippodrome on Monday last,
was introduced at the Grosvenor Club by Mr H E
MOSS to a number of musical critics and others.
MENDEL is an Englishman, is a native of Fairfield,
near Manchester, and is in his 26th year.
It is said when only a year and eight months old
he sang a Moody and Sankey hymn, which he played
on a harmonium when he had reached two and a half
years. At Henshaws Blind Asylum he learned
the rudiments of music by the Braille system,
and subsequently won a scholarship at the Royal
As a pianist pure and simple, his performances
are particularly remarkable, but when one realises
that sight has been denied him, and that all the
drawbacks of reading the music by the touch of
one hand while playing with the other, he has
acquired a repertoire of over one thousand pieces,
one realises how memory has come in to supply
the loss of precious sight.
A theme was given by the musical director at Frascatis,
and on it MENDEL improvised with great skill and
success, after the style and in the manner of
Mendelssohn. Liszt, Chopin, Mozart, and Bach.
He played a Beethoven sonata and the Tannhauser
overture, and altogether made a great impression
on a highly critical audience. His memory is wonderful,
and his repertoire, at the suggestion of the audience,
ALLEGED ADEVRTISEMENT FRAUD
Engaging a Clerk from Ashton-under-Lyne
Some few days ago, a young man
named BACKHURST, of Ashton-under-Lyne, read in one
of the Manchester papers an advertisement to the
following effect: Wanted, a Clerk, competent,
immediately, 25 to 40, to manage large office, permanency,
thoroughly trustworthy, security £100 required.
Salary, £4 weekly to energetic man.
Address, with full particulars in confidence. G
co. 18 Tyldesley-road, Blackpool.
BACKHURST sent in an application, and received the
following reply, signed John Prince GRAY.
Dear Sir. When can you commence if
engaged? Would you sign three years engagement
at a progressive salary, £4 10s to £5.
You would be required to sign an agreement and pay
£50 down. On Wednesday you would proceed to
London with me to see other principals &c. You
would be required to stay in London two weeks to
study the details of the business on salary and
at our expense. Business financial, not money lending
largest financial house in the world. About
to establish a branch in Manchester. I am only in
Blackpool for the benefit of health of self and
family. Can you see me this week and sign?
BACKHURST visited Blackpool, saw GRAY, and was offered
the position on condition that he deposited £10.
He was further informed during the interview that
the firms London address was 5 Frogmore-street,
that the cost of furbishing the Manchester office
would be about £320, and there would be four
clerks from London, and two others. These BACKHURST
would have to engage himself. GRAY further informed
him that he had £10,000 in the firm, and on
account of especial ability and attention to business,
he had been taken into partnership. He also proceeded
to state that they had dealings on the Stock Exchange
of £40,000 and upwards, and that the safe
in Manchester office would contain on average £20,000
in paper and cash. He then signed and paid £10
GRAY then informed BACKHURST that he lived at Victoria
House, South Reddish, and kept two horses, but when
BACKHURST went over to Reddish later no one knew
GRAY. The agreement, however, was finally entered
into by which the two parties were to meet in Manchester
on Monday morning, when BACKHURST would receive
his £10 back, and afterwards proceed to London.
BACHURST waited in Manchester, but his man never
turned up, and the same evening he took out a warrant
for his arrest.
On Tuesday morning GRAY was placed in the dock at
the Blackpool Police Court and charged with having
obtained the sum of £10 by means of false
pretence from George BACHURST. The Chief Constable
stated that he had received a letter from J F Morgan
and Co, the firm which GRAY had said he was connected,
stating that he was neither a partner nor a client.
Neither was he connected with them in any way, and
they had requested him to put a stop to these reports.
GRAY stated that he had informed BACKHURST that
the firm was J and F Morgan, and that made a big
difference. Upon the application of the Chief Constable,
a remand was granted until Monday, and bail was
allowed in the sum of £200.
THE NOISE WAS MADE BY HIS FAMILY. John
HADFIELD was before the Ashton county justices on
Wednesday charged with committing a breach of the
peace at Hurst on February 23rd, to which he pleaded
guilty of being excited a bit among
his own family. It was the family who were making
the noise, and not him. He had had a drop of drink,
which caused him to get excited. A constable
stated that defendant was quarrelsome with his wife
and there was a tremendous crowd about. Defendant
was bound over in 40s to keep the peace for three
LESS DANGEROUS THAN WORKING IN THE PIT.
Thos TURNER, who said he came from Heywood, was
in custody at the Ashton County Police Court, on
Wednesday, charged with begging at Hurst on March
10th. Prisoner pleaded guilty. He said he
came to Ashton to join the Army Service Corps. He
had worked in a pit, but his father took him away
because he said it was dangerous. He had since been
in the Militia. The Clerk: That was less dangerous?
(Laughter.) Superintendent HEWITT said there
were two previous convictions recorded against the
prisoner. The bench sentenced prisoner to
14 days hard labour.
SOCIAL PARTY. The MNC, Hillgate-street,
Hurst Brook 4th Bible Class (girls), held a social
in the school on Wednesday evening, March 5th, Mr
C SPENCER presiding over a good audience. A very
interesting programme was gone through consisting
of solos, choruses, recitations, and a dialogue
entitled A real fairy. Soloists, Miss
Annie SCHOFIELD and Miss Alice A HALL; reciters,
Misses BURGESS, GEE, SHAW and SELBY; Mr J GARNERs
humorous song , Throw it though the window,
caused much amusement, as did his ventriloquial
sketch. Refreshments were served, and the singing
of the Doxology terminated the proceedings.
HE WAS A NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOUR. At the
Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, John HARRISON,
an elderly man, who said he came from Stalybridge,
was in the dock on a charge of acting as peddler
without having a certificate at Hurst on March 11th.
Prisoner admitted the offence, and said he had hawked
goods before and never had a certificate.
A constable stated that prisoner was begging as
well as hawking. The prisoner: I was trying
to sell a few pins. The constable: It was
only a matter of begging. I found 3_d on him.
Prisoner: I come from Stalybridge, and am only like
one of your next door neighbours. (Laughter.)
I am an old self-actor minder; my eyesight has almost
left me, and I have had to leave the spinning-room.
The magistrates dismissed the case.
A NOTORIOUS STALYBRIDGE
On Monday, at the Stalybridge Police Court, James
Walter KNIGHT, who has been convicted many times
at Stalybridge, Hyde and Ashton, was charged with
trespassing in search of game on the 23rd February
on land belonging to Fred OLLERENSHAW. He pleaded
Constable KIDD said that at 1.25 pm on Sunday 23rd
ultimo, he was on duty in Huddersfield-road, along
with Sergeant HEATH, when he saw two men in a field
going from place to place and kneeling down. Witness
went to ascertain who the men were. In the meantime
they had got to the quarry, and it was there where
witness caught up with them. He found KNIGHT to
be one of the men; the other gave a false name and
Where the men were knocking about there were plenty
of rabbit holes, and KNIGHT had with him a dog and
a box, the latter presumably containing a ferret.
The Magistrates Clerk: Do you know anything
about hares; have you seen any there? KIDD:
Yes, on the land. KNIGHT: Did you see me on
OLLERENSHAWs land? Yes. You did not.
I was at Ralph RHODES public-house on that
Sunday. How can you prove I was after hares when
you never saw me? I was within two yards of you.
Fred OLLERENSHAW, farmer, said there were hares
on his land. On the morning in question he saw KNIGHT
in that direction.
Sergeant HEATH corroborated the constables
evidence. He could tell KNIGHT 300 yards away. Witness
knew defendants dog well, and it was with
KNIGHT that day. Witness saw the man kneeling down
and looking under a cricket tent near Copley quarry.
By Councillor HOPWOOD: He did not see defendant
use his ferret. KNIGHT remarked that the sergeant
was telling an untruth when he said he saw him on
the land. If the case was adjourned he could prove
being at Matley. If anyone could gise
a hare on OLLERENSHAWs land he would
stand six months! (Laughter.)
Alderman FENTON: Why dont you bring your witnesses
here? KNIGHT said they would not bother coming
KIDD, recalled, said he spoke to KNIGHT on the land,
and when he asked him what he was doing there KNIGHT
said, We are not doing any harm; we are only
ratting. The second man gave the name of William
BROWN, Vernon-street, Glossop. Defendant said
there was no proof that he was the man. Councillor
HOPWOOD: Dont talk like that man. KNIGHT:
You would believe the officers if they tell a pack
of lies! I can plainly see I cannot get any justice
here! It is always me, but as I say it is no use
me talking. (Laughter.)
Councillor FENTON said the last time KNIGHT was
before the Bench he was told he would be severely
dealt with if he came again. He would be fined 40s
and costs, or one months imprisonment. KNIGHT:
Do you call that justice and fair play? The
police: Stand down! KNIGHT: Yes, stand down, thats
about the size of it! Defendant was the removed
to the cells and later to Strangeways Gaol.
HOOLEY HILL AND AUDENSHAW
THE LAMP WENT OUT. William WHITWORTH was
fined 1s and costs at Ashton County Police Court,
on Wednesday, for having no light on his vehicle
at Audenshaw on February 24th, to which he pleaded
guilty, adding that he lost the top off his lamp,
and as it was raining the light went out.
FOUND IN A DRUNKEN STATE. Emily MOSS
failed to appear at the Ashton County Police Court
on Wednesday to answer a charge of being drunk at
Audenshaw on the 22nd ult. A constable deposed
to finding defendant lying drunk in Gower-street
at 1.15am on the date in question, and to taking
her home. Fined 7s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
APPLICATION FOR AN EXTENSION OF TIME REFUSED.
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
Thomas BURGESS applied for an extension of time
at the Railway Hotel, Audenshaw, for three-quarters
of an hour on March 15th, on the occasion of a farewell
and presentation. The Chairman (Mr C T BRADBURY):
The Bench think that 11 oclock is late enough
on a Saturday night, and they refuse the extension.
SLEEPING OUT. John DAVIES, who was
dressed as a navvy and said he came from Glamorgan,
was in custody at the Ashton Police Court, on Wednesday,
charged with sleeping out at Audenshaw, on March
12th. He pleaded guilty, and said he was roaming
the country looking for work. He was sentenced
to seven days hard labour. John CHAPMAN
pleaded guilty to a similar charge, at Audenshaw,
on March 12th, and said he was a linoleum printer
by trade, and up to ten weeks ago worked at Shepley
Mills. He had lost his wife and got out of work
through having had a drop of beer. Superintendent
HEWITT said there were two previous convictions
recorded against the prisoner, and the bench passed
sentence of seven days hard labour.
SINGULAR FIND AT AUDENSHAW
An inquest was held at the Snipe Inn, Audenshaw,
on Friday afternoon, by Mr J F PRICE, district coroner,
on the body of a male child found dead in a field
off Audenshaw-road, Audenshaw, under rather singular
Albert ELLISON, hatter, Gas-street, Ashton, stated
that he and a collier, named Jethro LEE, of Ashton,
were walking along Manchester-road, Audenshaw, about
1.10pm on March 5th, when he saw a parcel, the outside
wrapper of which was a piece of chocolate coloured
oilcloth, tied round with a stay-lace, lying in
a field, about one and a half yards from a hedge
side. He lifted the parcel up, and on opening it
found it contained the body of a male child. It
was a fully-developed child, apparently having been
dead ten or twelve days, as it was slightly decomposed,
and did not appear to have been washed or had any
attention at birth.
The child was wrapped in a piece of blue striped
cotton, which appeared to have been used as an apron,
and there was also a piece of chocolate coloured
table oilcloth, rather mouldy on the inside and
almost a yard square. He at once gave information
to the police, and the body of the child was removed
to the Snipe Inn, Audenshaw.
Dr Russell JUDD, surgeon, practising in Stockport-road,
Ashton, deposed to having made a post mortem examination
on the body of the child. All the organs were healthy.
The lungs were inflated, and in his opinion the
child must have breathed after birth. The Foreman
(Mr J CROMPTON) asked the doctor if there was any
signs of strangulation, to which he replied in the
negative, and said that the child had simply died
from inattention at birth.
The Coroner said the jury would have to simply rely
upon the doctors evidence. The jury returned
a verdict of found dead, and that the child had
had a separate existence, and had died from want
of attention at birth.
FATAL FALL DOWNSTAIRS
The Ashton police were notified on Friday of the
death of Annie WHITTAKER, widow, aged 39, which
took place at her home, 50 Margaret-street, Ashton.
Deceased acted as housekeeper for the tenant of
the house, Mrs Lilian TEARE, wife of William TEARE,
On the 2nd inst she went upstairs for the purpose
of dressing herself and about five minutes afterwards
Mrs TEARE heard her commence to descend the stairs
and when she had gone down one or two steps she
fell. Mrs TEARE on going forward found the deceased
lying at the bottom of the stairs. She complained
of severe pains in the head and there was bleeding
at the nose and mouth. Dr MANN was sent for and
found a wound at the back of her head. She became
unconscious and was removed to bed where she remained
DEATH OF AN ASHTON MAN IN
A painful discovery was made on Thursday morning
week, when the Manchester train due at 11.40 on
the Midland line ran into New-street Station, Birmingham.
When the passengers alighted a lady attempted to
awaken her husband, who was apparently asleep, but
could not succeed, and a closer examination revealed
the fact that he was dead.
It appeared that the deceased, Mr Walter Trevand
WARDEN, who was 40 years of age, and resided at
20 Currier-lane, Ashton, had been staying at the
home of his sister in Urmston. He had been ill
suffering from consumption; but the doctor had given
him permission to return home, and he and Mrs WARDEN
left Manchester together.
There was nothing to indicate any serious developments
on the journey. About half an hour before New-street
Station was reached Mr WARDEN appeared to drop off
to sleep, and neither his wife or the other passengers
noticed anything unusual in his appearance. Only
when an attempt was made to awaken him was the discovery
made that he had passed away.
The body was removed to the mortuary at Moor-street.
The deceased gentleman had been employed as cashier
for Mr James RIDYARD, contractor, for about six
years, but had not been able to follow his employment
since last September. He had served 21 years in
the navy, and was in receipt of a pension. He was
a quiet, steady, sober man, and respected by a wide
circle of friends.
The interment took place at Yardley Cemetery, Birmingham,
on Saturday, amid many manifestations of sorrow
and regret. The following were the mourners:
First coach Mrs W T WARDEN (widow), Mr W
WARDEN (brother, Stockport), Mr Joshua HOPEWELL
(Urmston), Mrs WARDEN (Stockport). Second coach.
Mrs JOHNS (mother-in-law, Plymouth), Mr and Mrs
ELMORE (sister and brother in law, Plymouth), Mr
W H LANGLEY (Stretchford).
TAUNTON SUNDAY SCHOOL
Operetta Sherwoods Queen
In their quest of ways and means for liquidating
the remaining debt on the new premises, the members
of the Taunton Sunday School hit upon a happy idea
in the production of the operetta Sherwoods
Queen, or Robin Hood and his Merry Men, in
the schoolroom on Saturday evening. The operetta
is descriptive of the life and scenes of Robin Hood
in Sherwood Forest.
The story is localised in Barnadale and Sherwood,
between Doncaster and Nottingham, and is familiar
to most people. Whether there was a real Robin Hood
or not is a question somewhat difficult to solve,
although in the accretions of legendary lore there
is said to be much that is authentic. He is represented
as a great sportsman, the incomparable archer and
lover of freedom.
The story is charming in its simplicity, and despite
the fact that it deals with a class of desperadoes
branded as outlaws, it points a moral. The way in
which the virtuous and seductive Maid Marion influences
the proud and defiant Robin Hood, callous and inured
to the wild and unrefining influences of forest
life is full of romance. All the solos and choruses
were set to lively music and were appropriate to
forest life and hunting.
The characters were well sustained by the following:
Robin Hood, chief of the Sherwood outlaws, Mr W
SCHOFIELD; Little John, Robin Hoods lieutenant,
Mr J W BUCKLEY; Will Scarlett, Robin Hoods
attendant, Mr A SCHOFIELD; Friar Tuck, Father Confessor
to the Foresters, Mr L SCHOFIELD; Allan-a-Dale,
minstrel and ballad maker, Mr D ANDREW; John Arthwell,
a Nottingham citizen, Mr W KERSHAW; Marian, his
daughter, Miss WADSWORTH; Alice, Marians maid,
Mrs SCHOFIELD; Widow, Mrs BUCKLEY.
The last lecture of the season
promoted by the Dukinfield and District Branch of
the National Protestant League was delivered on
Tuesday evening by Mr J W D BARRON, of Hyde, in
the Wycliffe Memorial School. Mr BARRON is an eloquent
and forceful denunciator of lawlessness in the Church
of England. He told his audience that there are
no fewer than 9,000 clergymen who were breaking
the law every week of the year.
There were irregularities in ornamentation, ritual,
and doctrine, all contrary to the reformed Protestant
religion. It was quite a common thing to find altars
in churches, and people became so familiar with
them that they did not think there was anything
wrong in such. There were lighted candles on the
altars and the invocation of saints, which was strongly
condemned by the Protestant Church. The Mass and
real presence were also part and parcel of the ceremonial
doctrine of certain clergy in the church. He also
pointed out the danger which accrued from these
Popish systems, and exhorted his audience to do
all they could to stem this Romeward stream.