4 April 1903
EDITOR OF THE REPORTER
Sir, - At the meeting of the Market stallholders and shopkeepers
adjacent to the Market, held at the George and Dragon,
Mr Alderman SHAW, as chairman, is reported to have said
that the Stamford-street shopkeepers had made a request
to the Tramways Committee “that cars coming from
Manchester should both enter and leave
the town by way of Stamford-street.”
Permit me to say most emphatically
that the deputation which waited upon the Tramways Committee
made no such request as is attributed by Alderman SHAW,
and also to state that the deputation were appointed to
represent tradesmen who are located in the town covering
much wider ground than Stamford-street. The deputation
simply asked “that cars from Manchester should enter
the town by way of Stamford-street,” no request
being made as to the way of going out. It would have been
quite right if going out had been by Old-street.
Mr Alderman SHAW is not on
the Tramways Committee and may have been misinformed.
Mr SHAW (no doubt warming to his subject) is said to have
made these remarks, “that a more selfish, unreasonable,
and more one-sided thing he never knew in his life, and
that he would like to lift the question on very much higher
ground than the shopkeeping interest.
Now, for a man who has three
shops in the Market, one of which is twins (if I may make
use of a bull), who is advocating for all he is worth
that cars from Manchester shall drop prospective customers
at his own shop doors is surely utter selfishness and
one-sidedness. But what Lancashire man has not heard the
quotation, “that there’s always the most thrutching
where there’s the least room?” Surely there
never was a case better fitted for applying it than the
present to Mr Alderman SHAW.
It is not difficult to imagine
that if some people (who might be named) had occupied
premises in Stamford-street, very little would have been
heard of “engineering difficulties;” they
would have been minimized instead of being magnified,
and got over as they are in other towns. As chairman of
the meeting when the deputation to the Tramways Committee
was appointed, and as one of the deputation, is sufficient
justification for my taking up the pen now.
Thanking you in anticipation
of insertion, I am your truly,
PS – We are informed
that many changes to matters imperial will date from the
1st April next. May I be permitted to suggest, as desirable,
that some changes may be made to date as from the 1st
November next and succeeding 1st Novembers in matters
TO MR HENRY LEES
Sir, - Mr Henry LEES denies that any request was made
to the Tramways Committee “that the electric cars
should enter and leave the town by Stamford-street
only.” This proposal was strongly advocated at the
meeting of Stamford-street shopkeepers, held March 18th,
and I have also the authority of the chairman and several
members of the Tramway Committee that such a request was
made by the deputation that appeared before them. I repeat
that such a proposal is selfish, unreasonable, and one-sided.
– Yours truly,
SEQUEL TO A MARRIAGE. – A charge
of committing a breach of the peace at Hurst on March
12th was preferred against Amelia HUGHES at the Ashton
Police Court on Wednesday. – Defendant said she
was very sorry, and added that it was the first time she
had known what a breach of the peace was. She had never
spoken six words to a policeman in her life. – Constable
REID said that at 6.45 on the night in question defendant
was out in the street causing a disturbance in Lower King-street,
and refused to go into the house. She also refused to
give her name. – Defendant said she had a son married.
She had been 30 years a housekeeper, nine years a widow
and a voter, and never done anything wrong before. –
(Laughter.) – The Chairman (Mr R BATES): You are
a wonderful white hen that never laid away. – (Laughter.)
– Defendant was discharged.
CHAPEL. – On Saturday last, in aid of the
new building fund, a sandwich tea and concert was held,
promoted by the ladies. About 200 sat down to tea. The
Chairwoman (Mrs COULSON, of Hurst) stated that the object
of the gathering was to assist the new chapel committee
to raise the sum of £250, in addition to the amount
already raised, so that building operations might be commenced
at an early date.
An interesting programme of
music was afterwards gone through. The solo pianist and
accompanist was Miss THOMPSON, of Ashton, assisted by
her brother, Mr J B THOMPSON. The other contributors were
Miss Florrie HALL, of Hurst; Miss Kitty LOVATT, of Dukinfield.
Miss Violet JUDGE gave a song, and much merriment was
caused by a humorous duet by Misses TONGE and BEECH.
The second part consisted of
tableaux vivants with limelight effects, Mr Edward CHEETHAM
having charge of the lantern. As a result of the effort
the ladies will be able to hand the sum of £10 to
the building fund.
IN A TRAIN AT LONGSIGHT
The Flower-Seller and his Mother’s Grave
”It was all through having a drop of drink, which
arose because of talking of my mother’s grave,”
was the plea advanced by Peter MASSEY to the magistrates
at the Manchester City Police Court, on Monday, when charged
with traveling on the railway without having previously
paid his fare.
When the 7.50 train from Handforth
arrived at the Longsight L and N W Station the previous
night the prisoner was drunk. When he was asked for his
ticket, he said he would pay at the other end, but having
no money upon him he was given into custody. – The
detective who arrested him told the Bench the prisoner
gave four different names and addresses.
Prisoner said he had walked
from Manchester to Wilmslow to his mother’s grave.
He had a “drop” through talking about that,
but he felt positively certain he got a ticket for Cheadle.
His father lived at Parsonage Green, Wilmslow, and he
lodged at present with “Alf HEYWOOD, of Salford.”
– The Chairman: What are you? – Prisoner:
I sell flowers, and I take the remainder to my mother’s
grave every Sunday.
He pleaded he would never do
such a thing as defraud the railway company, but did not
seem at all surprised when he was fined 10s and costs,
or 14 days.
Body Not to be Exhumed
The Home Secretary has instructed the acting City Coroner
(Mr L J AITKEN) to complete the inquest on the body of
Mrs TAYLOR, of Longsight, in connection with whose death
the husband has been committed for trial at the next assizes
on a charge of manslaughter. It will be remembered that
the inquiry was opened by the late City Coroner (Mr SMELT),
and the body has since been buried in Southern Cemetery,
which is outside the area of Mr AITKEN’s jurisdiction.
The question, therefore, arose whether he or the County
Coroner should conclude the inquest, and the matter was
referred to the Home Office. The Home Secretary has also
intimated that it will not be necessary to exhume the
MACHINES AND ALLEGED GAMBLING
In the King’s Bench Divisional Court on Wednesday,
a question came up on the appeal from the justices of
Oldham as to whether the keeping of a penny-in-the-slot
machine is an offence under the Gambling Houses Act of
The defendant was convicted
under the Act for keeping a machine into which, on a penny
being inserted, the coin was jerked up and fell into one
of four columns. Falling into one the penny was returned,
and finding its way into another it secured a twopenny
ticket, for which that amount of sweets or non-intoxicating
drinks was given.
The Oldham justices held that
it was an offence under the Act, and against this decision
the appeal was brought. After arguments by Mr A L DAVIES
for the applicant and Mr ACKLAND for the respondent, their
lordships reserved judgment.
DEATH OF A FORMER DUKINFIELD RESIDENT. –
Mrs ORMAN, the wife of Mr George ORMAN, of the audit department
of the G T Railway in Montreal, and formerly resident
in Dukinfield, died on Tuesday, March 17th, after a lingering
illness. Mrs ORMAN was a daughter of the late Mr George
THOMPSON, who was at one time well known in Dukinfield
as a contractor, and who took a prominent part in public
affairs. Previous to coming to Canada, about eight years
ago, the family resided in Birmingham, Mr ORMAN being
secretary of the Midland Counties Sunday Closing Association.
Mrs Joseph TAYLOR, of Dukinfield, is a sister of the deceased
CLUB. – The members of the above club were
greatly disappointed at not being able to carry out the
opening run last Saturday, owing to the miserably bad
weather. It was their intention to have a short ride out
and then return to headquarters to be entertained to a
good, substantial meal tea, generously provided by their
respected vice-president, Mr Joseph HULME.
However, the bad weather did
not prevent them from enjoying Mr HULME’s hospitality,
which duly came off at the time appointed. After thoroughly
enjoying the spread before them, the rest of the evening
was spent in convivial manner.
ACCIDENT AT THE STALYBRIDGE PAPER MILL
Shortly after five o’clock on Wednesday morning
a shocking accident occurred at Messrs HARGREAVES’
Riverside Paper Mill, the victim being Edward LAVIN, aged
18 years, who resided with his parents in Brierley-street.
The youth was engaged on one of the machines when, by
some means or other, his left arm became entangled. It
was found that LAVIN’s arm was dreadfully mangled.
Information was at once conveyed to the Town Hall, and
the police conveyed the unfortunate youth to the District
Infirmary in the horse ambulance.
ACCIDENT AT THE CAVENDISH SPINNING COMPANY. –
A boy named RODGERS, employed as a piecer at the Cavendish
Spinning Company, was admitted to the District Infirmary
on Wednesday morning suffering from severe injuries to
the face as the result of being struck by a broken strap.
On inquiry at the Infirmary yesterday it was stated that
the injuries were progressing satisfactorily.
– At the Ashton Borough Court, before Messrs
Henry HALL, Allen SHAW, T D SEEL, and S KITCHEN, and application
was made by Lewis WARDLE for a certificate of vaccination
exemption for his child, Katherine, born on the 14th January.
– The Clerk: Do you conscientiously object? –
Applicant: I do. – Mr HALL: Well, what do you mean?
– Applicant: I mean to say I believe vaccination
to be injurious.
Mr HALL: In face of the smallpox
going about, and the great precautions that are necessary?
Yes, I do. – What can you say about that? What have
you to say? – I have a conscientious objection,
and I believe it to be injurious to health. – That
is not enough. You must explain some reason for it. You
must consider the matter carefully.
I believe it will be injurious
to the child’s health. – Well that is usually
said, you know. Do you speak from mere caprice, because
other people are stupid upon the question? No. –
Is that all you have to say? Yes, I have a conscientious
The magistrates consulted,
after which Mr HALL said: The majority of the bench are
in favour of granting it to you. I can only say I should
hesitate to do so.
There are a number of midwives in this borough, and they
ought to make a note of the fact that the Midwives Act
of 1902 came into operation last Wednesday. The council
of a county or county borough becomes the local supervising
authority over midwives within their area, and is empowered
to exercise general supervision over those practicing
within its area, investigate charges of malpractices,
and to suspend any midwife from practice if her suspension
appears necessary to prevent the spread of infection.
The new Act provides that any
woman who, after April 1, 1905, not being certified under
the Act, uses the name or title of midwife, or any name
or description implying that she is so certified, or is
a person specially qualified – and recognised by
law – to practice midwifery, shall be liable to
be prosecuted against and fined £5.
After April 1, 1910, no woman
may habitually and for gain attend cases of birth unless
certified under the Act, and any woman so acting may be
subjected to a £10 penalty. Any woman who within
two years from the date of the Act claims to be certified,
her claim is to be admitted provided she holds a certificate
approved by the Central Midwives’ Board, or satisfies
the Board that up to the passing of the Act she had been
at least one year in bona-fide practice as a midwife,
and that she bears a good character.
MILK AT STALYBRIDGE
Warning to Retail Dealers
On Monday, at Stalybridge Police Court, Thomas ASHWORTH,
shopkeeper, Grosvenor-street, was charged with selling
milk not of the nature, substance, and quality demanded
by the purchaser. He pleaded guilty to selling the milk,
not knowing that it was impure.
Inspector BAMFORTH said that
on the 5th March he visited ASHWORTH’s shop and
purchased a pint of milk from his daughter, for which
he paid 2d. After the purchase had been completed, witness
told the girl the milk was for analysis by the borough
analyst, and he divided the milk into three parts. He
now produced the analyst’s certificate, which showed
that the sample contained 13 per cent of added water.
Defendant said he was not aware
but that the milk was right. He had not been selling long,
and he should not sell again. Captain BATES said ASHWORTH
had made the mistake of purchasing the milk from a farmer
without a warranty. It was very stupid of him to do that.
Inspector BAMFORTH remarked that he had told defendant
he had made a mistake in not procuring a warranty, but
he had only been in business about five weeks.
Captain BATES: He had purchased
his milk from a man who was convicted in this court a
short time ago for selling impure milk. – Mr JACKSON:
Did you buy the milk as pure milk? – Defendant:
We did not enquire. – Captain BATES: But did the
farmer say it was pure? – Defendant: He never said
anything about it. – Mr CARTER: You bought it as
milk? Yes, sir. – Mr JACKSON: You do not know whether
the farmer had a “milk and water” label on
his can? No, sir.
The Chairman pointed out to
ASHWORTH the seriousness of the offence, and added that
the Bench had the power to inflict a fine of £2.
Defendant had palpably been guilty of culpable carelessness,
but as he was new to the business he would only have the
small fine of 10s and costs to pay, or 14 days’
OF ASHTON ON MAGISTRATES’ “VAGARIES AND ECCENTRICITIES”
The Mayor of Ashton (Councillor J B POWNALL) attended
the mass meeting which took place on Thursday in the Free
Trade Hall, Manchester, of persons “engaged or concerned
in the manufacture and sale of excisable liquors.”
The object of the meeting was
stated to be “to raise an emphatic protest against
the action of the justices in suppressing or threatening
to suppress licenses, and to call upon the Government
to protect the rights of private property in licenses,
just as is the case in regard to other property, by passing
a measure to make it unlawful without giving full compensation,
to suppress a license in the absence of some serious infringement
of the law.”
There were several thousand
people present, and hundreds were unable to find accommodation.
Councillor J B POWNALL, in
proposing a vote of thanks to the chairman, said he attended
the meeting as the Mayor of a neighbouring borough. –
(Applause.) He was not afraid to face the music on that
matter. (Cheers.) They were there to protest against the
action of certain magistrates throughout the county, and
he hoped the pressure brought to bear by such a magnificent
meeting would have the result most desired. – (Applause.)
Interested as he was in the
legal profession, he confessed from time to time he had
been amazed at the vagaries and eccentricities of magistrates.
He was, however, glad to say that public opinion was proceeding
in the right direction, and ere long that large section
of the community represented there that day would have
justice and fair play meted out to them which they had
demanded and required for many years. – (Applause.)
MO” AT WATERLOO
On Sunday and Monday last, special services were conducted
in the Wesleyan Chapel and Schoolroom, Waterloo, by Mr
Moses WELSBY (better known as “Owd Mo”), the
popular evangelist, who is associated with the Joyful
News Mission, Rochdale, so efficiently worked by the Rev
Thomas CHAMPNESS. Of the whole of “CHAMPNESS’s
men” no one is in greater request than “Owd
Mo,” the converted collier and his touching stories
are listened to with interest and appreciation wherever
they are related.
As a consequence there was
a large congregation to hear him on Sunday afternoon,
and in the evening the audience filled the capacious schoolroom,
the chapel being found inadequate to hold all who were
wishful to hear the preacher.
Mr WELSBY spoke with all his
old fervour, both services being much enjoyed. On Monday
evening, Mr WELSBY gave a lecture entitled “Living
pictures, or some people whom I have met.” Mr E
C BAINBRIDGE, of Ashton, presided, and there was again
a large gathering.
The lecture consisted of the
recital of incidents in the life of the lecturer, some
of which were humorous to a degree, others equally touching
and pathetic, whilst all were given in the plain and homely,
yet effective style for which “Owd Mo” is
so famous, and which has made him so instrumental in leading
his fellow men out of the darkness of sin into the light
of Christian experience. At the close of the lecture a
collection was taken in aid of the Joyful News Mission.
”So the engagement’s off?” “Yes;
she advised him to practice economy, and he started by
getting her an imitation diamond.”