INTERESTING GATHERING OF ENGLISHMEN IN RUSSIA
An interesting gathering of Englishmen took place
on Saturday evening, April 5th, at the Belle Vue
Restaurant, St Petersburg, the occasion being
the annual skittle match and smoking concert of
the Nevka Cricket, Football, Lawn Tennis, and
Skittle Club. There were 45 Britishers present,
the majority of whom are engaged in the cotton
trade in St Petersburg, and who hail from Lancashire.
As usual, the proceedings commenced with a friendly
game of skittles, arranged by the winners of the
two special prizes in this seasons tournament,
Mr S HARGREAVES (Accrington) and Mr H SMALL (Ramsbottom).
Mr SMALLs team won the game.
After finishing the game, the party adjourned
to one of the upper rooms, where a splendid Zakooska,
composed of hot and cold dishes, prepared in true
Russian fashion by the landlord, awaited them.
After everyone had done justice to the Zakooska,
the chairman, Mr KNOWLES (Oldham), proposed the
usual loyal toasts, which were duly honoured.
Mr KNOWLES said he was pleased to see that the
members took as much interest in, and derived
as much pleasure from skittles during the long
Russian winter as from cricket during the summer.
No doubt this was owing to the valuable prizes
offered for competition.
The following presentation of prizes then took
place: 1st special prize: A beautiful biscuit
barrel, given by Mr STANCLIFFE, presented by the
donor to the winner, Mr S HARGREAVES (Accrington);
2nd special prize: A photographic condenser, given
by Mr KNOWLES, presented by the donor to the winner,
Mr H SMALL (Ramsbottom); 1st club prize: A handsome
vodka barrel and glasses, won by Mr
J ARROWSMITH (Accrington); 2nd club prize: A beautiful
pair of photo frames, won by Mr W DAVIES (Ashton-under-Lyne).
Mr SPENCER (Patricroft), who presented the club
prizes, said he was proud to be selected to make
the presentation, because one of the prizes was
about to remain with them, and Mr ARROWSMITH'
friends in St Petersburg would taste the contents
of that barrel, and make merry over them.
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
James HESKETH pleaded guilty to committing a breach
of the peace at Hurst on March 30th, and was bound
over in 40s to be of good behaviour for the next
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. Elizabeth REGAN was
before the Ashton County Justices on Wednesday,
charged with being drunk and disorderly at Hurst
on March 24th. She pleaded guilty, and this being
her first offence, she was fined 5s for costs.
ARRESTED ON A WARRANT. Kate NUTTALL
was in custody at the Ashton County Police Court
on Wednesday on a charge of committing a breach
of the peace at Hurst so far back as October 5th,
1901, the case having been previously adjourned
in consequence of her non-appearance. A warrant
was thereupon issued for her arrest. Prisoner
explained that on the first occasion she went to
the wrong court by mistake. Prisoner was bound
over in 40s to keep the peace for six months.
MENS BIBLE CLUB. On Sunday afternoon
the monthly address to the Mens Bible Class
of St Johns, Hurst, was delivered by Mr J
H WOOD, of St Marks, Dukinfield, who gave
a most earnest and interesting lesson about Elijah
and the widows meal. There was a full attendance
of members and friends, and Mr WOOD was listened
to with close attention. The hymns, which were accompanied
by Mr Enos BUCKLEY, were sung with great heartiness.
DRUNK ON LICENSED PREMISES. Charles
RILEY failed to appear to answer his name at the
Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, charged
with being drunk on licensed premises at Hurst on
March 29th. A constable stated that about
10.25pm on the night in question he was called to
the Royal Oak Inn, Hurst. Defendant had gone into
the public-house drunk and would not leave, he having
been refused drink. Defendant was fined 10s
or 7 days. Samuel SMITH pleaded guilty to
a similar offence on March 31st. Superintendent
HEWITT said that the defendant had recently returned
from South Africa, and appeared to have been rejoicing
at having got back. Defendant was fined 7s
A PROTEST AGAINST THAT
Sir, I hope you will allow
me to express through your column my disgust at
being mulcted as a ratepayer in even a fraction
of the cost of the coronation celebrations. Such
nonsense should be paid for by the people who like
it, and no one else. Evidently the loyalty of the
people of Ashton could not be trusted to raise £500,
so the ratepayers have to pay the piper, while the
minority of the ratepayers representatives
in the Council call the tune. And we have to rejoice
by order, and shut our eyes and ears to the tale
of pain, misery and death in South Africa and England,
caused by a war for which again we have to pay the
piper, &c. There is no room for rejoicing; we
ought to go into mourning.
But are we to understand that it will take £500
to feed the poor and needy of our town once? That
means that there are about 20,000 people in Ashton
who will be glad of a decent feed once in a year.
It seems, indeed, that one half the people in Ashton
neither know nor care how the other half lives,
or the Board of Guardians would be compelled to
do their duty, and then there would be no need for
people to wait until next coronation for a feed.
I cannot conclude without expressing my admiration
at the gallant stand against cant made by Councillor
R A BARRETT. Perhaps the pinch of hard times, which
is now distinctly threatened, will soon rouse the
workers of England to look after their own interests
and elect representatives of their own, and then
men like Councillor BARRETT will not stand alone,
fighting for the right. Yours faithfully,
4, Hawthorn Grove, Ashton-under-Lyne
P.S. A towns meeting in Dewsbury, called
to consider how to spend £500 out of the rates
on the Coronation, decided that the money was not
to come out of the rates at all. Dare the Mayor
of Ashton face the music in the same way?
WATERLOO AND BARDSLEY
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday Mr
F D HOWARTH (assistant overseer) applied for sanction
to levy a lighting rate in respect of Bardsley at
1_d in the £, and the same for Waterloo. Granted.
PLAYING PITCH AND TOSS. A charge of
gaming at Waterloo was preferred against James TAYLOR,
aged 13, at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday.
Defendants mother appeared. A constable
stated that at 8.30pm on March 27th he saw the defendant,
in company with several others, playing pitch and
toss, in Ney-street, Waterloo. He watched them some
time, and saw them striking matches to pick up the
money. Fined 1s and costs.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY. At the Ashton
Police Court, on Wednesday, William Henry ANDREW
was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Waterloo
on March 26th. Defendant was represented by
his wife, who pleaded guilty. Superintendent
HEWITT said that defendant had been up 20 times
previously. Fined 10s 6d and costs or 14 days.
Benjamin BENNETT, whose sister appeared on his behalf,
and pleaded guilty, was fined 7s 6d and costs for
a similar offence.
WESLEYAN MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY. The
closing soiree of the above society was held on
Saturday, under the presidency of Mr E MARSHALL.
An excellent programme was provided. Mr W HARROP
rendered two violin solos. Recitations were given
by Misses PARKER, MARSHALL, and Mr H CLEGG, concertina
solo by Mr T WHITTAKER, and a whistling solo by
Mr W H FLOWERS. Mr F WHITTON gave the humorous songs,
Pilgrims of the night and The
song that broke my heart, and a character
sketch, A trip to Blackpool, for which
he was encored. Refreshments were handed round during
GUILTY IN ONE SENSE AND NOT IN ANOTHER.
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
Martin BURTENSHAW was charged with committing a
breach of the peace at Bardsley on March 29th.
Defendant: Guilty in one sense and not in another.
The Magistrates Clerk: What is the sense in
which you are not guilty? I am not guilty like o
this road; tother mon started o me first.
(Laughter.) And then you joined in
at it? A little bit on it. (Laughter.)
Sergeant DOVE deposed to hearing defendant shouting
and swearing long before he got to him. He had his
coat off and wanting to fight two or three men who
were advising him to go home. He commenced swearing
at witness. Defendant called a witness named
James WARD, watchman at Bardsley vale Works, to
speak on his behalf, and he said he was going for
a drink of small beer when he saw defendant and
another man. Defendant pulled his coat off, and
as he did so the sergeant came up. Defendant
said that about 12 months ago the man with whom
he was quarrelling along with others went to Oldham
and got some drink. They turned the light out in
Bardsley Brow, and because he said he would tell
the members of the Parish Council, they had it in
for him ever since. Defendant was bound over
in 40s to keep the peace for six months.
AN ASHTON BAKERS ACTION
At the Manchester Assizes on
Wednesday, before Mr Justice WILLS and a special
jury, a case was heard in which James CLAYTON, baker,
Wellington-road, Ashton-under-Lyne, sought to recover
damages against Amos BREAKS, of Blackpool, for misrepresentation
in the sale of a bakery business at Wellington-road,
the false representations being that the business
was baking 25 sacks of flour per week, and that
the profits were £600 per annum. Defendant
denied that he represented that the business was
baking 45 sacks of flour a week, but said the other
representations were true.
It appeared from plaintiffs case that his
attention was first attracted to the business by
an advertisement which stated: Sixty years
same family; fancy bread, &c; business baking
45 sacks of flour weekly. Nett profit, with wages
and expenses paid, £600 per annum. Knowledge
not essential, having good staff of men. Proprietor
would instruct purchaser. Horses, vans, all utensils,
and goodwill, £1,000.
Plaintiff was induced to give £900 for the
business, defendant going into figures to show £12
a week profit. Plaintiffs son took up the
business, and found after a time that it only took
28 sacks of flour per week. Correspondence followed,
and plaintiff made an unsuccessful effort to sell
the business, the present proceedings following.
Plaintiff admitted in cross-examination that on
finding the business unsatisfactory he communicated
with an agent named JOLLEY, who acted for the defendant,
and JOLLEY advertised the business for sale, asking
£2,500 for it. Plaintiff denied having authorised
him to ask that price. JOLLEY had told him that
there was a fortune in the business, and that the
man who was leaving it retired with £10,000
and seventeen houses in Stalybridge.
The evidence of several master bakers called as
experts went to show that the machinery was very
ancient, and inconvenient, and that the property
was worth about £350. On resuming after luncheon,
Mr TAYLOR, K.C., said that he and his learned friend,
Mr SHEA, K.C., had consulted, and agreed to a verdict
for plaintiff for £500. By direction of the
Judge, a verdict was entered for that amount.
ALLEGED CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
At the Ashton Borough Police
Court, on Monday, Joseph GREENHALGH, coal miner,
8 Wood-street, was charged, at the instance of the
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
on the 25th of March by neglecting them. The
clerk informed him that before the case was heard
he had a right to be tried either by the magistrates,
or he could go to the sessions to be tried by a
jury. The defendant elected to be tried by
the magistrates, and he also pleaded not guilty.
Mr A LEES prosecuted and said defendant was charged
with neglecting his three children, Fanny aged 12,
Harry, 8, and David 7, in such a manner at to cause
them unnecessary suffering. Upon Inspector REDDY
visiting the defendants house on the 26th
ult, he found it in a very filthy condition. There
was only one bed without any covering except some
old garments. The children were in a dirty verminous
condition. Dr HUGHES junr. visited the house and
saw the children, and the Bench would hear his statement.
The defendant appeared to be a drunken character.
He was a collier and worked at the Hurst Nook Pit.
The Clerk: Has he a wife? Mr LEES replied
in the negative, and said when the inspector went
defendant was at his work. He had been frequently
supervised by the inspector before going to Wood-street,
and had received fair warning. Fanny was before
the court some time ago for stealing, but was dealt
with under the First Offenders Act.
Inspector REDDY was called, and spoke to visiting
the house. He found the girl in a shocking state
with vermin. The others were very filthy from top
to bottom. There was no fire in the house, and nothing
to eat except a little dry bread. There was only
one bed. It was without mattress, and no bed clothes
except some filthy musty rags. There were only two
or three old chairs downstairs. He had has the case
under his observation for some time when the defendant
lived at Hurst Nook. He had been out of work nine
weeks, but was now working regularly, and according
to his statement earned an average of £1 per
Witness had seen him under the influence of drink.
On one occasion Sergeant WILD saw the pitiable children,
and induced some kind people to provide clogs and
other things. In the course of a few days they were
pawned, to get bread the defendant said. Dr
HUGHES said he saw the children, along with the
inspector. They were insufficiently clothed. Harry
had only a thin dirty cotton shirt on. The bodies
of the children were filthy dirty and their hair
full of vermin.
Defendant said he had plenty of coal in the house
now. The children were in court, and the magistrates
or anyone else could inspect them. They were not
neglected. The Clerk: You have heard the evidence
of the inspector and the doctor as to what they
have seen in your house, and they tell us that the
children are in a filthy state, and that you have
no bedstead or covering for yourself and children.
Defendant: I dont go to bed at all.
The Clerk: All the covering there is for the children
are some dirty old rags. Defendant: They have
never been short of a weeks mate since they
were born. The Clerk: They have been short
of soap. They might have been kept clean. It was
your duty as a father to see to that, or get someone
else to look after them.
Robert HADFIELD, 55, Cotton-street, who was called
by the defendant, who spoke to having gone with
him in search of work to Moston, Hollinwood, and
other places, and he was always desirous to get
back at night to his children. The Clerk:
What do you suggest? Do you want him sent to prison?
Mr LEES: No, he ought either to be bound
over or remanded, to give him the opportunity of
improving the condition of the children.
After some consulting with his colleagues, the Chairman
(Alderman Wm ANDREW) said they thought, after the
evidence that been given by the doctor and the inspector,
there was a great deal of neglect on the part of
the defendant. They were going to give a chance
of improvement by adjourning the case six weeks.
In the meantime defendant must shape up and look
after these children. Personally he had no sympathy
with any man or woman who would ill use his or her
CENTRAL LANCASHIRE CRICKET
On Tuesday evening, at the Wellington
Hotel, Nicholas Croft, Manchester, the Central Lancashire
League held a dinner in honour of Mr J J THOMPSON,
of Royton, the late president, and Mr J FOTHERGILL,
of Rochdale, late vice-president, to whom two beautifully
illuminated addresses were presented in recognition
of their valuable service.
The presentations were made by Mr M BARDSLEY, of
Stalybridge, the vice-president, in the unavoidable
absence of the president, Mr S HILL WOOD, of Glossop.
Mr BARDSLEY said the recipients of the addresses
were fully deserving of honoured recognition, as
they had assisted to officer the Central Lancashire
League since its inception. At its commencement
the League was not the power in the land it was
Thanks, however, to the earnestness and perseverance
of Messrs THOMPSON and FOTHERGILL, the League had
been so successfully engineered as to be now second
to no other institution in the county. They were
gentlemen who loved a game of cricket, and had done
their best to make it good and pure. The addresses
which he was about to present to them were the result
of a spontaneous desire on the part of the Central
Lancashire League to give honour where it was due.
Mr THOMPSON thanked the committee heartily for the
gift. It was a token that he should ever look upon
with many thoughts of kindness. He had always been
a great lover of cricket, and if he had his way
he would establish in every district a field or
playground for the school children, and he would
provide a professional to teach them the game. This
was done in connection with swimming, and there
was no reason why the cricket professional should
not act in a similar capacity to a professional
at the bath.
In returning thanks, Mr FOTHERGILL eulogised league
cricket. The league system in Lancashire, he averred,
had given great impetus to the game. The respective
healths of Messrs THOMPSON and FOTHERGILL were toasted
with musical honours. The dinner concluded with
a vote of thanks to the vice-president.