24 May 1902
ALLEGED BREAKING INTO A CLUB AT STALYBRIDGE
Throwing a Bottled Beer at a Policemans
On Monday morning, at the Stalybridge Police Court,
Oscar MILLS and Ernest MORAN, two young fellows,
were charged in custody with feloniously breaking
and entering the Ancient Shepherds Friendly
Society Club, Corporation-street, and stealing
therein 26 2d cigars, 30 1d cigars, eight bottles
of beer, three gills of brandy, and three keys,
the property of Joshua WOOTTON and others. Much
interest was manifested in the case, judging from
the number of members of the club who were present
Acting Chief Constable BAMFORTH said that at 2.30
on Sunday morning Constable HAMER was on duty
in Corporation-street, when he heard a noise which
aroused his suspicions. He could not at first
see anything, but obtaining the assistance of
Constable HULME, they commenced to search in the
vicinity of the Shepherds Club, adjoining
the Theatre. They then found the prisoners hiding
in the passage close by, and when HAMER approached,
MILLS threw a bottle of beer at his head. The
officers closed and arrested the men, and they
were locked up. Upon being searched, a quantity
of cigars and bottled beers were found in their
The Bench were here consulted with the Magistrates
Clerk, after which the chairman said they thought
it would be better if the men were charged with
being in unlawful possession. Mr BAMFORTH: I dont
think so; it is no credit to us that. The Magistrates
Clerk: What is it you want? Mr BAMFORTH: Nothing,
let it go on. The Clerk: What is it you want,
I say? Mr BAMFORTH: Oh nothing. All I ask is for
it to go on. We will go on and prove our case.
The Clerk: No jury would convict them. Mr BAMFORTH:
You have not heard the evidence yet. But never
mind, we will go on as it is. The Clerk: From
the outline of the case they were not found on
the premises, and no jury would convict for breaking
and entering. They were off the premises. Someone
else might have done it and given them the things.
It matters little to me; it is for the magistrates
Mr BAMFORTH: Well, decide after hearing the evidence.
The Chairman: We are bound by our clerk, and we
will take it for being in unlawful possession.
Prisoners were then charged, and they pleaded
guilty, all but for the brandy.
Constable HAMER was then sworn, and he said: About
2.40am on Sunday, I was on duty in Corporation-street
when I heard a noise in the direction of the theatre.
Suspecting there was something wrong I made an
examination, but found all secure. Police constable
HULME then came on the scene, and as I was not
satisfied I asked him to watch about the theatre
until I fetched the keys. On returning, HULME
informed me that he had heard some glass fall
at the rear of the Ancient Shepherds Club.
We commenced to search, and HULME got over the
wall and found the club had been entered by breaking
the back window. Whilst HULME was examining the
club, I found the two prisoners, Oscar MILLS and
Ernest MORAN in the passage leading to the stage
door of the theatre, and near the club. I approached
them, when the prisoner MILLS drew a bottled beer
from his pocket and threw it at me. I then closed
with them, and called to HULME, who came to my
assistance, and we conveyed them to the police
I charged them jointly with breaking and entering
the Shepherds Club and stealing therefrom.
MILLS replied I know nothing about brandy;
it might be whisky. MORAN replied All
correct only brandy. Prisoners had now nothing
to say, and Mr BAMFORTH said MORAN had been indicted
from Mossley, but got off at the Sessions. His
pal got 12 months.
The Chairman: I think if we had known a little
more about your characters before we decided to
take this charge you would have been dealt with
differently. You are evidently two very bad characters,
having been convicted four or five times. We will
now give you the utmost in our power two
months hard labour each.
Samuel SPIBY, a member of the
Stalybridge Racing Cycling Club, who is an all round
athlete having played with Glossop FC, besides
having won two matches at fisticuffs at Stalybridge
Gymnasium won the mile cycling event at Barnsley
sports on Whit-Monday. SPIBY is one of the best
riders connected with the club.
Mr Samuel HALL unveiled a tablet at Heyrod on Saturday
to the memory of the late Mr Thomas SHELMERDINE,
who was so beloved in the village. The tablet has
been placed in the school in which Mr SHELMERDINE
laboured for so many years.
MORE PUGILISM. On Monday, at the Police Court,
Samuel BRADBURY and James SHACKLETON were charged
with having been disorderly in High-street on the
11th inst. They pleaded guilty to the evidence tendered
by Constable PLATT and were each fined 2s 6d, and
costs, or one weeks incarceration.
ANOTHER STALYBRIDGE PLAYER FOR BURY.
The Bury directors have secured the signature of
Frank REED, the inside left of Stalybridge Rovers.
He is a native of Bury. REED, who was formerly associated
with one of the Bury Sunday School League clubs,
has been two years with Stalybridge Rovers. He is
of medium height, sturdy build, and only about 20
years of age.
CRESCENT-ROAD CHURCH, DUKINFIELD
The Late Miss KNOTT
The Rev D R JAMES preached on
Sunday morning from the words of St Paul, This
one thing I do; and at the close of his sermon
said: There has just passed from us one who
in an eminent degree possessed the noble spirit
breathed in these words. Miss KNOTT, of Woodfield,
who was known to many of us, but whose good works
are more widely known, was one of the excellent
of the earth. A more devoted, disinterested, self-forgetting,
beautiful spirit it has never been my privilege
No heroism of which I have ever heard could exceed
the bravery and tenacity with which she pursued
the work of her Master. Stricken with a deadly disease,
and often suffering intense agony, she still continued,
without a murmur or complaint, up to a few days
before her pure spirit was liberated, to render
service in varied fields of philanthropic and Christian
work. Her devotion to her Divine Lord bore her through
pain and weariness, and is fully expressed in these
words, This one thing I do. At the close
of the service the Dead March was played
by Mr SIMMONDS, the organist.
ALLEGED ROBBERY WITH VIOLENCE
Smart Capture by the Police
At the Dukinfield Police Court,
on Thursday, three men named John WHITTAKER, Andrew
WALKER and Wm HEAP, of Gorton, were in the dock
charged with stealing with violence from the person
of John WELLFORD, clerk, of Park-road, Dukinfield,
a metal watch and chain, value 17s 6d, in Higher
King-street on Wednesday night.
Superintendent CROGHAN stated that about 12 oclock
midnight, WELLFORD was coming from Hyde to Dukinfield
along Victoria-road. When near a lamp he pulled
out his watch to ascertain what time it was. The
three prisoners were then coming along in the same
direction behind him. WELLFORD made a remark to
them Gas is not very good in Dukinfield.
The prisoner HEAP then went up to him and deliberately
struck him in the mouth. Immediately afterwards
he apologised and said he had made a mistake and
was very sorry. The other two prisoners did not
speak or do anything.
After apologising, HEAP got hold of WELLFORD by
the arm and walked along with him for a distance.
When they got near Astley Deep Pit, HEAP snatched
WELLFORDs watch and chain and ran off with
it, followed by the other two prisoners. He gave
information to the police and this morning Acting
Sergeant MOTTERSHEAD and Constable KENNY went to
From information received, they went to No 16 Mill-street,
West Gorton, and there apprehended the three prisoners
in the same bedroom and recovered the watch and
chain. The prisoners admitted the offence when charged,
and also stated that they were in a club at Newton
Wood until a short time prior to the robbery. After
calling a little evidence he would ask for a remand
until next Thursday, in order to inquire into the
antecedents of the prisoners.
Acting Sergeant MOTTERSHEAD was then called, and
stated that that in consequence of information received
he went to Manchester that morning. He knocked at
the door, and the prisoner WHITTAKER opened it.
He entered the house, and said to WHITTAKER Where
are your mates? He said they were in bed.
Witness went upstairs and found the other two in
bed with a third man. At the foot of the bed there
was a waistcoat, out of which a watch was hanging.
Constable KENNY said Whose watch and chain
is this? There was no reply. Witness asked,
Whose waistcoat is this? and WHITTAKER
replied, Its mine. Witness then
asked Whose watch is this? and WHITTAKER
said You know what you have come for.
The watch and chain produced, belonging to WELLFORD,
were the same.
The Magistrates Clerk asked prisoners if they
had anything to say why they should not be remanded.
Prisoner WHITTAKER replied in the negative, and
said that what had been stated was true. Prisoner
HEAP said that WELLFORD was drunk and tumbled against
him. The bench remanded the prisoners until next
Thursday, and allowed them bail.
FATAL ACCIDENT TO A CHILD
At the Half-way House, Manchester-road,
Droylsden, on Friday, the 16th May, Mr J F PRICE,
the county coroner, and a jury of which Mr FISHER
was the foreman, held an inquiry into the circumstances
that led to the death of a child named John WORRALL,
which was briefly reported in our last issue. The
following evidence was given:
Eva WORRALL, wife of Joseph WORRALL, living at 3
Water-lane, Droylsden, said deceased was my son,
and he was two years and four months old. About
9 oclock on Wednesday morning I heard a coal
lurry or cart going past the bottom of the entry.
Deceased called out coal, and went out
to watch with his little brother, four years of
age. My mother, who had lived with me for a month,
went to the stores about 9.30am, and when she came
back, she looked for the children, and said I
cannot see them. She then went out, and came
back carrying deceased. He remained unconscious
up to his death which took place about 8 oclock
the same night I saw a bruise on his head.
The Coroner: Do you always let you child go out
when a coal cart comes past? Witness: Well,
he has gone out with his little brother. Did
you ask his brother about it? Yes; he said John
was there on the floor, but he would not come.
Elizabeth CRYER, widow, living with her daughter,
said she saw deceased go out about 9 oclock.
I went out soon afterwards to the stores, and on
my return my daughter asked me to go to look for
the children. I went into Water Lane, and afterwards
I saw deceaseds little brother. I said Wheres
John? He said Johns up yonder.
He wont come. I went up the lane, and
found him lying near a gate. He was on his back,
in the road, near to the railing that was down.
His head was close to the railing and the movable
portion of the railing was on the ground, quite
near to him. I said John, John, but
he never spoke. I picked him up and ran away with
him home. Coroner: Was this railing fallen away
out into the lane from the other railings? Witness:
Yes, he was quite close to it
Samuel CONSTERDINE, 2 Moorcroft-street, Droylsden,
said: I am a carter in the employ of Daniel HALLSWORTH,
Moss side Farm, Audenshaw. On Wednesday morning
last I was taking a load of coal to Dr GODSONs
on Manchester-road. I took the cart to the back
by way of Water-lane. The backs of the houses are
railed off from the lane. There is one portion of
the railing that lifts out altogether to enable
the carts to go through. A man went with me to ask
for the job of getting the coal in. I could not
tell his name. He is a man I picked up on the road.
He goes to the New Moss Colliery.
I took the railing down and put it against some
other railings, in an upright position, resting
along the other railings. It was standing about
a foot out at the bottom from the other railings
when I left it. I took my cart through the opening,
tipped the coal, and brought my cart out again into
Water-lane. The Coroner: And did you put the railing
back again? Witness: No, sir. Why didnt
you do so? Well, sir, we have always left it down
for the man to get in who gets the coal in.
You ought to do so. Never leave it for others to
do. Will you leave it down again? No, sir.
It is your duty to put it up again. If you
had done so this child would have been alive now.
There might have been half a dozen children killed
by the time the man had got his coal in. You should
have put it back again. You see the results of leaving
it to another person.
Addressing the jury, the Coroner pointed out that
the other man could have got out with his barrow
without going through the opening. The witness ought
to have seen the railing put back before he left
the place. He had been shirking his duty; that was
about it. It was gross carelessness. CONSTERDINE
said any child of eight years could lift yon
thing off. The Coroner: If you go there again
you must put the railing back before you leave,
or else you will get into trouble.
Addressing the jury, the Coroner said although it
was a thoughtless thing on this mans part
to do as he had done, he did not think they could
say it was anything but an accident. The jury returned
a verdict of accidental death.
LETTER FROM A DUKINFIELD
VOLUNTEER IN SOUTH AFRICA
Mr James Taylor NEWTON, secretary
to the Reform Club, Town-lane, has received the
following letter from Private G ANDREW, 7845, 3rd
Volunteer Company, 2nd Cheshire Regiment, Field
Force, South Africa, eldest son of Mr Wm ANDREW,
of Town-lane, Dukinfield. It is dated April 22nd,
1902, and is intended for the members of the club.
Fellow members, Allow me to take this opportunity
of again thanking you for the useful present you
bought me and the hearty send off you gave me, as
I shall never forget it. It was a good job I went
back that night or I should have been confined to
barracks as well as have had some pay stopped.
We set sail on the 8th of March on board the Arundel
Castle, and had a very pleasant voyage, arriving
at Capetown on Sunday, March 30th, at 12 oclock
noon. We got fresh orders to go up country to Durban
and this was another four days sail. We arrived
there about 10.30 on Thursday morning, but the swell
on the water was so great that we could not land
until Saturday night. We were then put into trains,
in which we rode for three days and nights, passing
through all the places where General BULLER fought
on his way to Ladysmith.
We arrived at Ladysmith on Sunday afternoon at 3.30
and stayed there for four hours, so we had a walk
round the town and saw a lot of relics of the siege.
The Town Hall which stands in the centre of the
city has had its tower fearfully shattered. We passed
by Pieter Hill, Majuba Hill, Spion Kop, Coleman
Bridge, Frere Bridge and Warners Hill. We also saw
the graves of hundreds of our soldiers, the one
of Lord ROBERTS son standing well out above
Passing through Newcastle, Johannesburg, and many
other notable places, we arrived at Klerksdorp April
the 8th. We camped here for the night. We then got
orders to march to Ventersdorp, which took us three
days and a half, lying on the veldt at night. When
we got to Ventersdorp we were told off to different
blockhouses, nine men and one officer being at that
which I am stationed.
Our chief duty is to see that no natives go in or
out of town without a pass, and keep a good look
out at night for Boers, as they are supposed to
be around here. If I had been able to bring my camera
with me I could have had a grand lecture for you
when I arrive back, but this is not one of those
pleasant rambles which you have illustrated to you
on the screen to pass away a quiet Sunday evening.
If you have won the whist cup, which I hope you
have, I hope you will be able to retain possession
until I return to have a drink out of it. Wishing
the members and the club the best of luck and success,
especially next November. I remain, yours truly,
Private G ANDREW
PS Tell George ROYLE and Councillor STAFFORD
not to break the balls with hitting them so hard
as I shall want a game when I get back as there
is no chance here.
We have an impression that Whitsuntide is more liable
than any other holiday season to fatalities. There
have been sufficient number of instances in bygone
years to support a prima facie case to that
effect. Speculative reasons might also be ventured
to account for this. It may be pointed out that
this is the first great holiday-making period of
the year; that the holiday-makers enter upon their
enjoyment with the keenness of novelty; that the
winds and waves are in more turbulent condition
than at a later period of the year; and that the
arrangements for the season are new and untried,
and have not been brought to such perfection as
they attain after they have for some time been put
to the test of actual working.
When the first detailed account of the boating disaster
at Killarney was read, the first reflection probably
was that the usual and inevitable Whitsuntide catastrophe
had occurred. When it further appeared that out
of the thirteen victims, four were from Royton,
it could not be fail to be recalled as a further
coincidence that it was to a Royton school excursion
train at Whitsuntide that a disastrous accident
happened on the Cambrian Railway a few years ago.
Is the place specially unlucky, or is it that Oldhamers
and people from the Oldham radius contribute such
a large proportion to the holiday makers of the
kingdom that they are always sure to be where there
is anything good to be found, and per contra
come in for their full share of any disasters that
After a Sunday spent in admiring the beauties of
the lakes, and exploring their romantic surroundings,
the nine tourists and their four boatmen had nearly
completed their return journey, when one of those
sudden squalls occurred to which the lakes among
the mountains are liable. The boat had been accompanied
by other boats up to this time, but during the storm
of rain and hail the parties lost sight of each
other, and when the storm cleared off the devoted
boat and its occupants were nowhere to be seen.
It is supposed that when the waves began to rise,
and the white horses to show their manes
of foam, the ladies in the boat would become alarmed,
would rise up to some critical moment when the slightest
movement might endanger the stability of the boat,
and thus would cause it to upset. Of course, this
is surmise; but the experience of people who have
been rowed over the lakes in similar weather is
that even without any such additional provocation
boats may capsize very readily when brought broadside
against the wind.
It appears singular that not one of the unlucky
thirteen should have survived. Surely some of them
would be able to swim ashore or to hold on by the
overturned boat until some other boat came to the
rescue. But anything might occur in such bitterly
cold weather, in a turbulent sea, with ladies to
look after, and everyone possibly about saving his
own life. Only three bodies were found on Monday
morning under the smashed relics of the boat, and
it remains to be seen whether anything about the
bodies of the other victims will tend to elucidate
the mystery which at present envelops the calamity.
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