22 February 1902
BREACH OF LICENSING ACT AT
Bottled Beers for 'Uncle John'
At the Ashton Borough Court,
on Monday, John Henry SHAWCROSS, licensee of the
'Wine Bar,' Old-street, was summoned for opening
his premises during prohibited hours on the 12th
inst. Mr J B POWNALL defended, and pleaded
not guilty. Constable BRATT stated that at
11.17 on the night of the 12th, he was on duty in
Old-street, near the Wine Bar kept by the defendant,
and saw a young woman named Annie BRADY leaving
the Bar with four bottles of beer in her arms. She
went across the street to her house, and he followed
her. The bottles produced were handed to him by
her mother, who said they were the bottles which
BRADY had fetched. Two of them had been emptied
and two were full.
Mr POWNALL did not cross-examine the
witness, but proceeded to say that he appeared
on behalf of Mr SHAWCROSS, and pleaded guilty
to the charge. Mr SHAWCROSS was most unfortunately
at the time away from home in the South of France
for the benefit of his health. Had he been at
home this sort of thing would not have taken place.
The manager of the Bar, Mr FOX, who had been there
some years, and been most careful, did, in a moment
of absolute thoughtlessness, supply this beer.
The girl, Annie BRADY, step-daughter
of 'Uncle John,' who lived across the way, had
received instructions from him to get some beer
for him before eleven o'clock. She neglected to
do so, and when it was a quarter or twenty past
eleven o'clock she tripped across the street to
the Wine Bar, and told the manager she wanted
beer for 'Uncle John.' Forgetting for a moment
that a serious offence might be committed he let
her have the bottles. There was no money exchanged,
and the manager would not benefit by it because
it made no difference to him, as he had nothing
to gain by selling the beer.
had been in business 26 years, not merely in this
but in other licensed houses without any complaint,
and it was regrettable that this should have occurred.
He hoped the Bench would accept this explanation,
and take into consideration the excellent manner
in which Mr SHAWCROSDS had conducted his houses,
and that he was not in the house on the night
in question. He thought a nominal penalty would
meet the case. The Bench imposed a fine
of 10s 6d and costs. Annie BRADY was next
charged with aiding and abetting, and she pleaded
guilty. Constable BRATT repeated his evidence,
and added that defendant admitted that the beer
was not drunk by 'Uncle John,' but by someone
else. Fined 5s 6d and costs.
STREET ACCIDENT AT ASHTON
A serious accident occurred at the bottom of Penny
Meadow, Ashton, on Monday afternoon. A horse and
cart belonging to Mr Herbert JOHNSON, coal merchant,
was proceeding down Katherine-street, and when near
the Tontine Inn the horse started, it is supposed
at the jingling of the bells of some performing
horses which were formed in procession close by.
The horses bolted at full speed down Katherine-street,
the driver, a man named Joseph HOBSON, who was in
the cart, being unable to restrain it.
horse was heading straight for the shop of Mr
H ASKEW, tailor, and would in all probability
have dashed through the window, but a pedestrian
pluckily stood in its way, and threw up his arms.
The horses turned aside, and the wheel of the
cart caught the stone basement of a lamp close
by, breaking the axle in two, and throwing the
cart violently over on its side. The driver fell
heavily on to the stone pavement, and sustained
a severe cut on his head. He was picked up and
carried into the shop of Mr ASKEW, and first aid
was rendered by Constable ALFORD. After his head
had been bandaged the man was able to proceed
LICENSE OF THE HALF-WAY HOUSE. At the
Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, Wm COATS
was granted permission to sell at the Half-way House,
Bardsley, in place of Ann BARNES.
THE BEGGING NUISANCE.
Jas TAYLOR was in custody at the Ashton County
Police Court, on Wednesday, charged with begging
at Bardsley on February 19th. Prisoner pleaded
guilty, and said he had been a farm labourer at
Crewe for the last four or five years, but was
at present out of work. He left his last occupation
because the wage was too small, being only 2s
6d a day or 15s a week. Prisoner was committed
for seven days' hard labour.
WESLEYAN MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT SOCIETY.
The usual weekly meeting of the above society
was held on Thursday night, when Mr ARMITAGE gave
an excellent paper entitled 'Tennyson as Nature's
Poet,' Mr J IBBOTSON occupying the chair. The
essayist dealt with Tennyson's love of nature
as expressed in his great poems, and concluded
his paper by a few verses from several of the
famous poet's most popular works. A very pleasant
and interesting evening was brought to a close
by a vote of thanks to the essayist, on the motion
of Mr FLOWERS, seconded by Mr HOWARD.
PLAIN OR FANCY BREAD?
John Wm GERMAIN,
who said he was in the employ of Mr NICHOLSON, was
summoned before the Ashton county justices, on Wednesday,
for selling bread otherwise than by weight at Waterloo
on February 15th, and also with not carrying scales.
Defendant: The bread was weighed when it was put
into the van. The Clerk: Haven't you read
of similar cases in the newspapers? No.
Mr NICHOLSON, the employer, who appeared
along with the defendant, admitted there were
no scales in the van, but they only sold fancy
bread in the van; it was not ordinary bread. Supt
HEWITT: Baking it on the oven bottom alone does
not bring it under the head of fancy bread at
all. The Magistrates' Clerk (holding up
the bread): That is what they call a cottage loaf
or 'cob.' (Laughter.) Defendant:
I have got a pair of scales now.
A constable stated that at five o'clock
on Saturday afternoon last he saw the defendant
deliver four of these loaves at a dwelling-house
in Ney-street, Waterloo. He had a van with him.
Witness asked him why he did not weigh the bread,
and he replied that it had been weighed at the
shop. Asked as to the weight defendant said the
loaves were called to be two pounds each. Witness
purchased a loaf for 2d, and asked him to put
it on the scales, and he said he had no scales.
Witness weighed the loaf at a shop and found it
was 2oz short.
The Chairman: One 2lb loaf I bought
weighed only 1lb 8oz. Mr NICHOLSON: It's
hard lines to compete with those who only weigh
11/2 lbs. My man was not
asked for a 2lb loaf. The Magistrates' Clerk:
Nobody would ever say that is fancy bread. I began
thinking there would be some currants and raisins
or a bit of spice on top, or something.
(Laughter.) The Chairman: You will be fined
5s 6d and costs in each case. To my mind this
short weighing of bread is downright robbery.
Mr NICHOLSON: I quite agree with you, sir. I wish
every baker would weigh their bread. The
Chairman: Well, we will try and make them.
HOOLEY HILL AND AUDENSHAW
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
William BAKER pleaded guilty to committing a breach
of the peace at Ashton on February 1st, and was
bound over in 40s to keep the peace for three months.
DRUNK AND DISORDERLY.
George COSGROVE pleaded guilty, at the Ashton
County Police Court, on Wednesday, to being drunk
and disorderly at Audenshaw on February 1st, and
was fined 5s. John COFFEY and Joseph CLEGG
were both unable to appear to answer a similar
charge, and were each fined 5s.
HE MUST GO FOR THE WHEELWRIGHT.
At the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
Arthur KAY was charged with having no name on
his vehicle at Audenshaw, on January 31st.
Defendant: I did not know it was against the law.
I had asked the wheelwright to put the name on.
The Clerk: Then you must go for the wheelwright.
NEGLECTING TO ATTEND SCHOOL.
Annie RYDER failed to appear at the Ashton County
Police Court, on Wednesday, to answer a summons
preferred by John Thomas EDWARDS (school attendance
officer for the Audenshaw District School Attendance
Committee) for neglecting to send her child Bertha
to school. The school attendance officer
said the child only attended school 34 days out
of a possible 116 times during the past 12 weeks.
Defendant had previously been summoned before
by the committee. Fined 7s 6d.
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Saturday,
William SMITH was charged with committing a breach
of the peace at Audenshaw on January 18th.
Superintendent HEWITT said that defendant was
summoned a week ago for fighting with another
man who appeared at last Wednesday's police court,
but the defendant failed to appear, and a warrant
was ordered to be issued for his arrest, the case
being adjourned. Defendant afterwards went to
the police station and said he had not received
the summons in time. He was told that if he appeared
that morning the warrant would not be issued.
Defendant was bound over in 40s to keep the peace
for three months.
PRESENTATION AT GUIDEBRIDGE.
An interesting presentation took place by the
clerks, surveyors, permanent way inspectors, and
canal inspectors on Friday last from the engineers'
department, G.C. Railway, Guidebridge, to Mr W
T WHARMBY, of Audenshaw, who is one of the clerical
staff, on the event of his approaching marriage.
The form of the presentation consisted
of a very handsome barometer made of very fine
carved oak, and a very pretty silver egg stand.
Mr ALLEN, the district engineer, made the presentation,
and begged to express the wish of all concerned
as to Mr and Mrs WHARMBY's future joy and happiness,
and he hoped the sorrows which undoubtedly would
come some time of life would be few and the joys
SUDDEN DEATH OF A RETIRED
BUTCHER AT STALYBRIDGE
On Sunday, Mr James NORTON, formerly a butcher
carrying on business at the corner of Grosvenor-street
and Walmsley-street, Stalybridge, died very suddenly.
For some time past the deceased gentleman had been
ailing, and had been attended by Dr CLIFFORD. Of
recent years he had lived a semi-private life in
Grey-street, off Mottram-road. He was very well
known in the town, and amongst his fellow tradesmen
was looked upon as a smart man in business. He was
a member of the Stalybridge Butchers' Association,
and for many years was senior drover for the Stalybridge
butchers, having charge of the conveyance of cattle
from Salford to Stalybridge.
A short time ago a
miner was laying down a new flagstone to the kitchen
hearth of his house. He had noticed with some interest
on a previous occasion a bricklayer using a spirit-level,
and believing it to be a necessary part of the work,
he had borrowed one from a friend. As his work proceeded,
declining daylight forced him to work in semi-darkness.
The task finished, he placed the spirit-level on
the stone to see that it was truly laid, but being
unable to see the bead in the level, he took it
to the door, exclaiming as he examined it, 'Yes,
Sally, woman; it's just the thing to a hair breadth.