2 May 1903
A Husband’s Ruse – Co-respondent
Thrashed in the Street
In the Divorce Court, on Thursday, before the President,
Sir Francis JOUNE, the case of MOYST v. MOYST, WILCOX,
and EALING was heard. This was a suit of Mr Henry MOYST,
a horse keeper, who formerly kept the Cotton Tree Inn,
at Compstall, for a dissolution of his marriage with the
respondent, Annie Florrie MOYST, by reason of her adultery
with Arthur WILCOX and James EALING. There was no defence.
Mr BARNARD, who appeared for
the petitioner, said the marriage took place on the 9th
January, 1890, and the parties for a time lived at Ashton-under-Lyne.
In 1891 petitioner took the Cotton Tree Inn at Compstall,
and the wife helped in the management of the house. Unfortunately
she gave way to drink.
The co-respondent, Arthur WILCOX,
was the manager of the Manchester Twine Spinning Company,
and he was a constant visitor at the inn as a customer.
The petitioner in 1898 noticed that he was there so frequently,
and talking so often with the respondent that his suspicions
In October, 1898, the petitioner,
who also carried on a fish business, told his wife he
was going to Charlesworth, and the co-respondent was present
at the time. Instead of going to Charlesworth the petitioner
hid himself in another part of the inn. Shortly after
that WILCOX left the house, but he returned, and petitioner
heard him and Mrs MOYST go into a private sitting-room
where they were alone.
After they had been there ten
minutes or a quarter of an hour, petitioner went to the
room and found the two under compromising circumstances.
He seized the co-respondent, put him out of the house,
thrashed him and kicked him, and shouted out at the time
that he had caught him committing adultery with his wife.
The respondent the same night left the house and went
to her father’s. On 23rd December, 1901, she gave
birth to a child, of whom she said KEALING was the father.
The wife, who was willing to
give evidence, said that EALING was engaged at some stables
near to where her father lived. Evidence was given in
support of counsel’s statement, and Mrs MOYST said
EALING was the father of the child. The President granted
the petitioner a decree nisi with costs against both co-respondents.
AT ASHTON AND WATERLOO
Smallpox is, happily, falling off in Ashton. Since last
Saturday only one case has been reported, this having
occurred in Park-street. Unfortunately, the disease seems
to be making headway in the Waterloo district, three patients
having been admitted in the Ashton Borough Hospital during
the week. A patient from Hurst was also admitted on Wednesday.
With these additions there are 30 cases being dealt with
in the hospital, and in the course of the next few days
a few patients will be discharged.
OF A LOST DOG AT SADDLEWORTH SHOW
Amongst the canine exhibits benched at the Delph Agricultural
Show on Saturday afternoon was a magnificent rough coated
collie which attracted considerable attention by its beauty
of form. Unfortunately for its exhibitor a visitor entered
the tent who immediately recognised the animal as one
he had sold to a Mossley man named Mr James VALENTINE,
from whose possession the dog mysteriously disappeared.
He communicated his discovery to the police and Superintendent
PROSSER immediately on the showing of it in the prize
Mr VALENTINE was sent for by
telegram, and arrived early in the afternoon, and, seeing
the dog, announced that he lost the animal twelve months
ago. He produced the full pedigree and description. He
stated that he had won over one hundred prizes with the
dog, including trophies at the Crystal Palace exhibitions.
In further proof he called the animal by name, when it
instantly responded, exhibiting signs of recognition.
The “other man,”
who came from the neighbourhood of Oldham, said he found
the dog, and he did not object to its removal by the real
owner, who at once took charge. The animal was valued
at over £50. Under the Kennel Club rules the owner
was prohibited from entering the contest in that particular
class as not having booked the collie.
Preparation for the working of the Tudor Mill, Ashton,
are being further advanced. We understand the first consignment
of cotton will be delivered on Monday. There will be 50
bales of Egyptian cotton, which was despatched from Liverpool
to the Great Central Station at Park Parade, Ashton, and
delivered to the mill by Mr J POLLITT, Co.’s agent.
There are 80,000 spindles in the new mill, and three of
the rooms will be devoted to twist spinning and the other
room to weft spinning. Immediately on the delivery of
the cotton the machinery will be started, and it is expected
that in about ten days the first cop will be produced.
BARDSLEY LIBERAL CLUB. –
On Tuesday evening there was an interesting gathering
at the above club to witness an exhibition game of billiards
between E GREY, of Ashton, and E GARFORTH, of Dukinfield,
the latter conceding the former 100 in a game of 500 up.
In the first half of the game play was very even. The
game was called: GREY 253, GARFORTH 240, after which the
conceder of points forged rapidly ahead, winning in easy
fashion by 96, the final scores reading GARFORTH 500,
DELIVERING COAL WITHOUT
TICKET. – A charge of not delivering a
coal ticket along with the coal at Bardsley on April 7th
was preferred against John DOBB at the Ashton County Police
Court on Wednesday. – Defendant pleaded guilty and
said that he did not know he had to leave tickets. –
He had been delivering coal for about 12 months and had
not given any tickets. Nothing had been said to him. –
The Magistrates’ Clerk (Mr C H BOOTH): Do you ever
read the newspapers? Very little. – The Chairman
(Dr HUGHES): Have you not seen accounts of men being fined
for the same thing? No. – The Magistrates imposed
a fine of 5s 6d.
SWEARING AT LAMP-POSTS.
– At the Ashton County Police Court, on
Wednesday, Jas. JOHNSON was charged with being drunk and
disorderly at Bardsley. – Defendant did not appear
in person but sent his wife to represent him, and also
sent a letter to the Magistrates’ Clerk stating
that he was not drunk and that he had been to see Constable
BARBER to ask him the nature of the charge. He had been
down Ashton on the night in question but he was not drunk.
He was going down Bardsley Brow and was swearing about
the lights being out. He could not talk very well. –
The Magistrates’ Clerk: He’s not a bad hand
at writing if he cannot talk very well. – Constable
BARBER deposed that at 12.20 midnight on April 12th, defendant
was very drunk and shouting and making a great noise.
– Sergeant LEEMING corroborated. – Superintendent
HEWITT said it was strange that a sober man to be swearing
at lampposts. – (Laughter.) Defendant had been fined
once before. – The Magistrates imposed a fine of
2s 6d and costs.
A good story as to a missing bicycle has reached us. Some
time ago the foreman of a tradesman in the town called
at a club with his cycle, and left it for a few minutes
in the vestibule. When he came out he found that someone
in his absence had laid hold of the machine and ridden
off. He gave information to the police, and nothing further
was heard of the matter for a while.
Then information was received
that a man had been arrested in Accrington for being a
deserter. He had a bicycle with him, and inquiries were
made by the police as to where he obtained it. He told
a plausible tale about having hired it at Ashton for his
journey there and back.
Information was conveyed to
the owner of the missing bike, whose employer promptly
telephones to the Accrington police. “Has it a bent
top bar?” “Yes.” “And a double
fork?” “Yes.” “And the lamp bracket
has been soldered and mended with a piece of brass?”
“Yes,” came the reply. “It’s yours.”
In due time the cycle arrived
in Ashton, and an application was made that the prisoner
too might be sent on to undergo due punishment for the
theft; but the reply came that the man had been handed
over to the military authorities; that he had escaped
from the escort, and they had no idea where he was. Nothing
further has been heard of him, but it is possible he may
again be captured as a deserter.
• • • • •
Tramcar conductors have something
to put up with in the discharge of their duties. There
is a rule to prohibit dogs traveling inside the cars.
On Saturday forenoon a lady passenger, accompanied by
a canine pet, took her seat in one of the Ashton cars.
The hawk-eyed conductor discovered the intruder, and intimated
to the lady in polite terms that the dog would have to
“work its own passage,” unless the owner chose
to ride on the top of the car.
Not to be out-done the lady
lifted the dog into her lap, although the cowering creature
seemed several sizes too large for such gentle treatment.
She said she had not far to go. The conductor was obdurate.
As the passenger was mounting the steps she volleyed forth
that there was a big difference in conductors; one of
them told her it would be all right. ”You nasty
thing,” she said, “I will report you.”
“Reported for doing one’s duty,” the
conductor meekly remarked to the passengers in the car.
The conductor was fresh from the Manchester district,
where the rules are strictly adhered to, and he showed
his determination not to be baulked in the execution of
his duty, regardless of offence.
OF AN OLDHAM AUCTIONEER
A great sensation was created in Oldham on Saturday afternoon
on it being reported that a well-known gentleman had fatally
shot himself. The deceased, Mr John George MELLOWDEW,
who carried on the business of an auctioneer, valuer,
land surveyor, and estate insurance agent, of 89 Union-street,
Oldham. The tragedy occurred at his private residence,
325 Park-road, in the same borough.
It appears that his son, aged
14, entered his mother’s bedroom at 9.30 on Saturday
morning and saw his father in the act of dressing. The
boy then ran downstairs and about an hour later he heard
a noise like that of an explosion. He ran up to his father’s
room and saw him lying on the bed. The boy called out
“Father,” and on getting no reply he raised
an alarm. A neighbour was called in, and on arriving in
the bedroom found that the man was dead. It appears that
MELLOWDEW was shot through the heart. He leaves a widow
and three children, for whom great sympathy has been expressed.
VIOLENT KICKING CASE AT ASHTON
A Cowardly and Brutal Act
At the Ashton Borough Police Court, on Thursday, Alfred
OVERTON was in the dock, charged with wounding Elizabeth
HEMMINGWAY, on April 5th.
The complainant, Elizabeth
HEMMINGWAY, single woman, living in Wood-street, Ashton,
said she had been co-habiting with the prisoner for about
three months. On Sunday, the 5th of April, about 10 o’clock
at night, she was going along Wood-street on her way home,
when prisoner met her and asked her for the key. She gave
it to him, and he then struck her with his closed fist
and knocked her down.
She got up and took off her
clogs off, and threw them at him. He ran after her, and
overtook her, and again knocked her down, and whilst there
he kicked her violently in the lower part of the abdomen
and under the left breast. She got up and afterwards complained
to a constable. She suffered great pain, and after being
examined by Dr BLEASDALE, she was taken to the Workhouse
Hospital in a cab, where she remained until that morning.
She was enceinte at the time of being kicked.
By the prisoner: She had sent
for him several times at the Delamere Castle, and heard
him utter a foul remark. She never threatened to smash
the windows of the house. – The Clerk (to prisoner):
You come here in a whining, piteous manner. It is a cowardly
and brutal act to kick a woman. – Dr BLEASDALE deposed
to making an examination of the complainant. He found
her suffering from several bruises about the body, which
appeared to have been caused by violent kicks.
Joseph GREENHALGH, collier,
47 Cotton-street, Ashton, deposed to seeing HEMMINGWAY
lying on the ground, and the prisoner getting up, but
he did not see him strike her. He heard the woman screaming
previously. Prisoner subsequently told witness that he
was sorry for what he had done at the woman. – Robert
BIRKETT, hawker, Cotton-street, Ashton, deposed to prisoner
telling him he had kicked the complainant, and that she
had gone to the “grubber,” meaning the Workhouse.
deposed to arresting the prisoner, who stated that complainant
kept following him and annoying him, but he never kicked
her. – Prisoner said he was sorry it had occurred;
she had aggravated him to it. He did not wish to do her
any harm. – Magistrates committed prisoner to the
Salford Sessions, and allowed bail, prisoner in £10,
and a surety of £10.
FOUND DEAD ON A SOFA
Information was conveyed to the Ashton
Police Office on Saturday morning of the death under singular
circumstances of Eliza GARVEY, a spinster, aged 44 years,
living in lodgings with Mr and Mrs COSGROVE, 181 Old-street,
Ashton. Deceased had been a lodger at the aforementioned
address for about three weeks, during which time she had
complained of being ill and short of breath. On Wednesday
at midnight she called out to Mrs COSGROVE, who was in
bed, and complained of feeling ill.
She had great difficulty breathing,
and Mrs COSGROVE got up and gave her a cup of tea with
a little pepper in, and remained with her for about half
an hour, at the end of which time she said she was all
right. She seemed to revive, and assisted in the housework
on the Thursday. On Friday night Mr and Mrs COSGROVE retired
to bed leaving GARVEY lying on the sofa in the front room,
where she had been accustomed to sleep. She made no complaint.
About 4.40 the following morning Mr COSGROVE got up to
go to his work, and found her lying dead on the sofa.
The inquest was held at the
Volunteer Inn, Old-street, on Tuesday forenoon, by Mr
J F PRICE, district coroner.
Mary Ellen CONNOLLY, single
woman, living at 137 Warrington-street, identified the
deceased as her aunt. Deceased had not worked for the
last twelve months. She was what was called a “ripper,”
or rag sorter in a marine stores, and had had very bad
health for about 18 months, being troubled in her breathing.
About 18 months ago she was nearly choked to death through
her bed catching on fire from a lighted candle, the smoke
nearly asphyxiating her.
Witness last saw her alive
on Friday afternoon, when she came into her house and
told witness that she nearly died the night before, she
being almost choked. She had a cough which made her almost
black in the face. She often said she would go off like
the shot of a gun. She had often complained of a pain
in her side, and said she could not sleep at night unless
she had a gill of beer. The doctor had told her that she
must give up drinking, and during the last four months
she had been very abstemious. – By the foreman:
She had been very indifferent as regards looking after
Catherine COSGROVE, wife of
William COSGROVE, labourer, said she had known the deceased
about six weeks, and for three weeks she had been lodging
with witness. During that time she had taken very little
drink, and had had fairly good health, only she had appeared
short of breath, accompanied with a cough and slight pain
in the chest.
The Coroner said there was
no doubt the cause of death was bronchitis and heart failure.
The jury returned a verdict of death from natural causes.
Bishop POTTER is known as the wittiest prelate of America.
At a recent social meeting this question was put to him
by a guest – “Why is it that in many pictures
and statues of angels exhibited the angels are always
depicted either as women or young men without beards or
The bishop’s answer,
which afforded him keen enjoyment, was – “Everybody
knows women naturally inherit the kingdom of heaven, but
men only get in by a very close shave!”