26 April 1902

OLDHAM MORTUARY SCANDAL
Two Corporation Workmen Discharged
 

The investigation of the conduct of Clayton YARDE and Joseph COTTERELL, two Corporation servants, who allowed an exhibition to be made at the public mortuary at Rhodes Bank, of the body of the murdered woman Elizabeth MARSLAND, on April 7th, was considered at a special meeting of the Health Committee on Wednesday night. — Alderman SIMISTER presided and told COTTERELL he had not given a true account of the affair. COTTERELL, in reply to questions, said he did not know the names of the three gentlemen who came first to the mortuary. He did not see any snapshots taken.

YARDE was examined, and said the three men stated that they thought the body was that of Alderman SIMISTER's son, who committed suicide. A large number who entered were under the same impression. Other people on seeing people leave said they had a right to enter. — The Chairman: It is a great scandal. How many did you let in all the day? — Witness: Between 50 to 70. He received 3s 6d and shared with COTTERELL. — Some of the members said they thought both men were telling lies. — Councillor GRIMES said that people had been seen with snapshots in their hands. — The men were discharged from the Corporation's employ.

HE WANTED IT FAIR AND SQUARE
A coachman in the service of Sir W——— was very fond of taking a drop of stimulant now and then, trying at the same time not to let his master know it. One night the master had given a party, and after it was over he called his servant to him and said: "Now, John, if you walk on a chalk line which I will make, I will give you five shillings." The coachman agreed; but when the line was drawn he turned to his master and said: "Don't be trying to have me; make one line."

CORONATION CELEBRATIONS AT ASHTON
We are informed that the sub-committee appointed from the General Purposes Committee to arrange for the Coronation festivities have decided to give a medal to all Sunday school scholars joining the proposed procession. The age limit has been fixed at 15 years, so that any scholars over that age who may wish to wear a medal will no doubt have the option of buying one.

The medal selected is of pleasing design, bearing on the obverse busts of the King and Queen and on the reverse the borough arms, for which a special die will have to be prepared, surrounded by a suitable inscription. Those presented to the children will be fitted with a suspended, composed of white metal bars and tri-coloured red, white, and blue ribbon. Others unpierced and without suspenders may be obtained in bronze, silver, and gold, fitted in cases, but only on order placed with the honorary secretaries.

Doubtless many will take the opportunity of securing a Coronation souvenir before the die is destroyed, as we understand it will be after a certain number of medals have been struck off. In addition to this each Sunday school is to be subsidised at the rate of threepence per head for every teacher and scholar on the registers of such schools as consent to join the united procession.

We venture, however, to think that the great difficulty which will face the committee will be the musical one. Every town will require bands of one description or another, and this fact has long since been recognised, for it is well-known that terms have risen in some cases to a prohibitive point. Music is all very well when it is of good quality, but no one likes to pay an unreasonable price for what at the best is but a "transient joy," and the committee will no doubt consider whether — rather than pay high terms for music — they could not make better use of their funds by increasing their grants to the schools, and so enable the authorities to give the children a right royal field day such as would be a pleasing and lifelong memory.

HURST
BOTH WERE DEFENDING THEMSELVES. —
Charles GLOVER and George CUSACK were before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday, charged with committing a breach of the peace at Hurst on April 5th. — Both pleaded guilty in self-defence. — A constable stated that at 11.15pm on the Saturday night in question he saw two defendants fighting in Hillgate-street. Each blamed the other. — Defendant GLOVER said that CUSACK got hold of him and hit him, and he tried to get loose. — CUSACK said that the bother commenced in a fried fish shop, and when they went outside, GLOVER struck him. — Defendants were bound over in 40s to keep the peace for three months.

CHILD SMOTHERED IN DOUGH AT TAUNTON 
Annie Elizabeth BRAMALL, a year and ten months old, the daughter of Joseph BRAMALL, Earnshaw-street, Taunton, Ashton-under-Lyne, met with a singular death on Wednesday afternoon. The child's mother left a mug of dough standing on a chair, and in her temporary absence deceased climbed upon another chair and fell face downwards into the dough, being quite dead when discovered a few minutes afterwards by her mother.

The inquest was held at the Waterloo Inn, Waterloo, yesterday (Friday) afternoon by Mr J F PRICE, District Coroner.

Annie Elizabeth BRAMALL, wife of Joseph BRAMALL, pork butcher, 20 Earnshaw-street, Waterloo, said the deceased child was one year and ten months old. The child had never had good health. On Wednesday afternoon witness had been kneading dough which she left in a mug on a chair in the house. She placed another chair close by for protection. The dough reached up to within about an inch or two of the rim of the mug. The child had previously tried to get at the dough whilst in the mug on the rug.

Witness went to a neighbour's house across the road, and was away about five minutes. On her return she found deceased lying with her face embedded in the dough and one hand grasping each side of the mug. Her feet were hanging down by the side, nearly touching the chair. From the position of the child witness presumed that she had climbed upon the chair, and whilst looking down at the dough had overbalanced herself. Witness snatched the child up and shook her, but there was no evidence of life, and she placed on the rug and sent for a doctor, who was out at the time, but arrived later on.

Sergeant DOVE deposed to going to the house of the last witness and seeing the child lying on the couch. Both the child's arms were covered with dough, and there was also a piece of dough on the right cheek. Witness tried artificial respiration for nearly an hour without avail. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

ASHTON COUNTY POLICE AT TEA 
On Tuesday evening the 23rd instant, the second half of the members of the Ashton-under-Lyne Division County Police Cricket and Football Club, with their wives and sweethearts, to the number of about sixty, sat down to tea at the Co-operative Hall, Hurst, the catering again being in the capable hands of Messrs J ANDREW and Son, Ashton.

Mr Inspector HUMPHREYS, of Audenshaw, presided over the entertainment in the absence of Mr Superintendent HEWITT, owing to pressure of duty. The Inspector said the club had done very well in their charitable efforts. £110 had been handed over to the various charities. He was very glad to see Mr George and Mr Willie BOOTH present. — Mr Inspector CLARKE supported the chairman. — Sergeants DOVE (Waterloo), SHEA, Mc DIARMID (Denton), HOBSON (Mossley) also spoke. — Thanks were passed to the chairman, Mr Inspector CLARKE (treasurer), and Sergeant HALLIWELL (secretary) for the excellent work they had done for the club, on behalf of whom replies were made.

During the evening dancing was indulged in, selections on the giant gramophone (kindly lent by Mr HIRST), songs by Mr Dom FAVIER, Miss HIRST, Miss GORST, of Mossley, and Mr WESTWOOD (who also supplied ping pong articles), Sergeant HALLIWELL, Constable WOODS (of Hooley Hill who came by special request), Constables GLEDHILL, FRASER, SHOESMITH, SCRAGG and WINDESTT: Sergeant HALLIWELL also rendered a recitation entitled "A comedy at St Peter's Gate."

Sergeant McDIARMID proposed a vote of thanks to Inspector CLARKE and Sergeant SHEA for the very satisfactory manner in which they had arranged the parties. It was Sergeant SHEA who first originated having them, and it was very creditable to them both affairs had been so successful. The arrangements could not be in more capable hands. They had surmounted great difficulties in procuring such excellent talent. Constable McKNIGHT, in a few chosen words, seconded the vote of thanks, which was well received.

Just before the company dispersed Mr CLARKE proposed that the best thanks of the company be given to their superintendent (Mr HEWITT) for his kindness in allowing them to have these meetings. He had seen the superintendent that morning, and could assure them that they had his very best wishes, and that he hoped they would all enjoy themselves, though he was sorry he could not be with them that evening.

Sergeant DOVE said that he had been in this division for about seven years, and he hoped he would be in it when he was pensioned. He was sure it was a pleasure to their superintendent to be in a position to allow them these privileges. A vote of thanks to Mr Dom FAVIER, Miss HIRST, Miss GORST, Mr HIRST, which Mr FAVIER acknowledged, brought the evening to a close.
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