6 June 1903
SUICIDE OF A YOUNG WOMAN AT DUKINFIELD
At a special police court held at Dukinfield on Saturday,
before Alderman J KERFOOT, a young woman named Rose DOWD
was charged with attempting to commit suicide by hanging
herself in a bedroom at 5 Walker’s-yard at 12.30
on Friday last. It appeared that a woman named Mary Elizabeth
RATHBONE, residing in the same house, had occasion to
go upstairs at noon and was horrified to see DOWD suspended
from a rope attached to two nails fastened to the wall.
She rushed out for a policeman
instead of cutting the woman down, and fortunately Constable
WILCOCKSON happened to be in the locality. He promptly
proceeded to the house, got hold of the woman, eased the
rope and then cut it. She was by the time in an unconscious
state. The officer placed her on the chamber floor, and,
being a member of the St John’s Ambulance, he proceeded
to apply artificial respiration. In the course of 15 minutes
his efforts were successful.
Dr MILLER had been sent for,
and when he arrived he highly complimented Constable WILCOCKSON
upon what he had been able to accomplish, and said there
was no doubt whatever he had saved the woman’s life
by his prompt action.. She was taken into custody on the
charge above stated, and was remanded until next Thursday
in order that the police might make inquiries.
At the Police Court, on Thursday,
DOWD was brought up on a charge of attempting to commit
suicide by means of a cord attached to a nail in the wall
of a bedroom, thereby willfully and with malice aforethought
of attempting to kill herself. The prisoner was charged
in the usual manner by the Clerk. She said she was very
Superintendent CROGHAN informed
the Bench that prisoner had only been living in Dukinfield
since March last. She was up in Ashton on December 3rd
1901, charged with stealing a watch and chain, and she
was sent to sessions where she got a month. She was again
up on April 23rd this year for drunkenness, and fined
5s 6d and costs.
She had been cohabiting with
a man named James GREGORY, who was now in custody on another
charge. He did not wish to make any further remarks about
him, for fear it might prejudice the case which was to
come on. The prisoner DOWD was a known immoral character.
The only relative she had was a married half-sister, a
respectable woman living at Newton, and she was present
to give evidence if the Bench wanted to know anything
about the family history.
James GREGORY, who was in the
dock, was then charged with willfully and knowingly living
on part of the immoral earnings of Rose DOWD on diverse
dates between 24th March and the 22nd May. He pleaded
Rose DOWD was then taken out
of the dock and put into the witness box. She said she
was a single woman, and had been living with the prisoner
GREGORY for nearly three years. Three months ago they
came to live at Walker’s-yard, Dukinfield. During
the whole of the time she had cohabited with the prisoner
he had done very little work. He had sent her out into
the streets, and lived on the proceeds of her immorality.
He had beaten and kicked her
when she refused to go on the streets. On the 22nd May,
he struck her, and made her mouth bleed. In reply to the
prisoner, she denied drinking all the money she got. –
Inspector TOLSON, of the Ashton borough police, said he
had known DOWD three years and GREGORY 12 months. He knew
they had been cohabiting together, and had warned GREGORY’s
mother as to the consequences of keeping a disorderly
DOWD had complained to him
about GREGORY’s conduct towards her, and said if
it were not for him she would get work. He believed during
the last few months she had tried to turn over a new leaf.
She was not the habitual drunkard which GREGORY tried
to make her out to be.
Jas. Hy. SCHOFIELD, brother-in-law
to GREGORY, hawker of drapery, 5 Ogden-street, said he
knew DOWD went into Ashton for immoral purposes, and gave
GREGORY the money. She had really kept him during the
three weeks they lived with witness. – Prisoner
said the witnesses had told a pack of lies. She went out
of her own accord. He called Esther and Sarah Ann GREGORY,
but their evidence amounted to nothing.
The Chairman (Alderman FENTON):
Although I have sat upon various benches for more than
a quarter of a century, this is one of the most horrible
cases I have ever heard. You (GREGORY) must go to prison
for three months with hard labour. That is the extent
we can give you, and I am sorry for it.
The prisoner DOWD was then
replaced in the dock, and her half-sister promised to
take her into her own home and look after her. She stated
that DOWD had worked with her at one time, and there was
not a better worker in the mill when she was all right.
– The Clerk: Are you willing to go with your sister?
– Prisoner: Yes. – Alderman FENTON: Upon that
understanding we discharge you. I hope for the future
you will live a different life than you have been.
You have got rid of this man,
I hope for ever. Have no more to do with him, and no other
man under similar conditions. You will be discharged.
Prisoner, who appeared to be in a very weak condition,
then left the dock, and GREGORY was removed to the cells.
DOWN BY A BREWER’S DRAY AT ASHTON
A sad accident occurred at 1.15pm on Monday to a girl
named Emily KELSALL, aged 2 years, daughter of William
KELSALL, miner, 69 Welbeck-street, Ashton. The girl was
in the street near her home when she was knocked down
by a horse attached to a brewer’s dray owned by
the Openshaw Brewery Company, which was turning out of
Church-street into Welbeck-street. The driver at once
pulled up and carried her into her home. Dr SMITH was
called in, and found her suffering from a lacerated wound
in the right groin, for which he placed her under medical
treatment at her own house. Constable RAMSBOTTOM was on
duty close by, and rendered every assistance.
MURDER AT STALYBRIDGE
(This continues a report of the court inquiry into whether
Benjamin RADLEY should be tried for murder or manslaughter,
so apologies for ‘half a tale.’ – Ed)
After the “Reporter”
had gone to press last Friday, several other witnesses
were called on behalf of the prosecution against Benjamin
RADLEY, who is in custody at Stalybridge on a charge of
the willful murder of his wife Sarah RADLEY. Deceased’s
sister (Mrs WHALLEY) had spoken at to having seen the
poker in the fire, and having asked prisoner what it was
for, when he replied, “I know.” Witness under
cross-examination by Mr SIMISTER, who asked: Will you
swear here to-day your sister had not had drink that night?
Not that I saw of. – But was she perfectly sober?
Yes. – Has your sister been in the habit of getting
drunk? No, only a drink of porter. – Now do be careful,
Mrs WHALLEY, other witnesses are coming here besides you.
Now, I ask you again; have you ever seen her drunk? No,
she was to weak to get drunk.
William Henry GAFFNEY, of No
8 Half-street, Stalybridge, said: I am a night-watchman
for Messrs Underwood Bros. On the 25th April I was on
duty near Daisyfield Terrace, Millbrook, a distance of
over a mile from prisoner’s house. Between four
and five o’clock on Sunday morning prisoner came
to my box, and I said, “Hello Ben, what are you
doing round here so early?” I have known prisoner
since I was a child. He replied, “I went home drunk
last night, she (meaning his wife) was drunk, and we had
a bother. I am not sure if I put a thin poker in her eye
or not. I came out to save further bother.”
Mr Eugene Charles McCARTHY,
JP, surgeon, Stalybridge, said: On May 1st I was called
by deceased’s daughter to see her mother. I found
deceased lying on a couch with her left eye covered over.
I examined the eye and found the surface acutely inflamed,
all the blood vessels being congested. The eyeball was
enlarged and very tender. Next day, I found eye was more
tender and she complained of a slight headache. I advised
her to go to the District Infirmary or the Eye Institution.
I again saw her the following
day, when I found the left eye was decidedly worse. I
told her then the left eye was irretrievably lost, would
have to be removed, and I again advised her removal to
the Infirmary for the operation to be performed, in order
to prevent inflammation of the brain and probably the
loss of the other eye. I saw her again on 4th May, when
she was decidedly weaker, and staggered when attempting
On the Tuesday I saw deceased
twice, and she went to the Infirmary later in the day.
I saw her there in the evening, and was present at the
operation performed by Dr SCOTT. – Mr IVES questioned
the doctor as to the injury being the cause of the woman
staggering on the night of the alleged attack, and witness
said he should imagine the staggering on the first occasion
was through drink.
Joseph Edward JUDSON said:
I am house surgeon at the District Infirmary, and a registered
medical practitioner. I remember the 5th of May when the
deceased was admitted. She had two red marks on the outer
surface of the right fore-arm, and ulcerations on both
legs. The deceased gradually sank until her death on 22nd
of May, about 6.10 in the evening.
Cross-examined by Mr SIMISTER:
At the time I saw deceased I could not say whether the
injuries to the eye had been caused by a hot or cold instrument.
I agree with Dr McCARTHY that if the woman had been medically
attended to immediately after the injury she would have
stood a fair chance of recovery. It would have required
more than a slight thrust to cause the fracture. The case
was adjourned until Wednesday.
Prisoner was again brought
up on Wednesday. Detective LEE was present, he having
come down from the Infirmary in a cab to give evidence
as to the arrest of the prisoner. He proved to be the
only witness called. The officer’s statement was
to the effect that on Friday, 22nd May, he arrested RADLEY
at his home, and charged him with willfully and maliciously
causing the death of his wife by putting a hot poker in
Mr SIMISTER then proceeded
to address the magistrates with a view to their committing
RADLEY for trial on the minor charge – manslaughter
– if at all. Speaking in impassioned tones, and
amid the breathless silence of a crowded court, he said
prisoner was charged with the greatest crime known to
our English law, the awful crime of murder; and the responsibility
was cast upon the justices of saying either that the prisoner
be tried for his life or that in the face of the evidence
given by the prosecution the charge should be reduced
from murder to manslaughter.
At the conclusion of Mr SIMISTER’s
eloquent appeal a number of spectators in the body of
the court gave vent to their feelings by applauding, though
the police promptly suppressed the noise, and secured
order. Rising a second time, Mr SIMISTER said he had thought
the matter over, and did not intend to call any witnesses
that day. He knew the whole circumstances, or he would
not have spoken as strongly as he had done.
The magistrates retired, and
were about fully ten minutes. Upon their return the Chairman
said the Bench had given the case their most careful attention,
and had arrived at the decision that there was a prima
facie case of manslaughter. The Clerk then formally charged
RADLEY with the manslaughter of his wife, and he replied
“Not guilty, sir.” He was then committed to
Chester Assizes, which commences on the 18th July.
PITCH AND TOSS. – On Thursday at
the Police Court, five lads named Thomas McCARTHY, John
BAILEY, Joseph CLARKE, Richard HOMER, and Lawrence SHAW
were summoned for playing pitch and toss in Fir Tree-lane
on the 31st. They pleaded guilty. A constable stated that
on Sunday afternoon last, the 31st May, he saw the defendants
sitting in a field playing at pitch and toss. –
Defendants were fined 1s each as costs, and severely warned
as to their conduct in future.
DOG WITHOUT LICENSE.
– At the Police Court on Thursday, William
BROADHURST was summoned for keeping a dog without license.
– Defendant said the dog followed him home, and
he kept it a fortnight. Constable DALE stated that he
visited the defendant’s house at Waterside and found
a brown Irish terrier dog fastened up in the yard. Defendant’s
wife said they had a license for the dog. He asked to
look at it, and she said her husband had put it somewhere.
In a few minutes afterwards witness saw the wife leave
the house and go to the works where her husband was employed.
Witness saw the defendant, and he admitted he had no license.
– Fined 5s and costs.
AN ALLEGED RETIRED
COLONEL. – A man who gave the name of Thomas
HENNIGAN was arrested in the early hours of Monday in
a smart manner by Constable EDWARDS. He saw the prisoner
coming along the road from the direction of Hyde, and
noticing his pockets were somewhat bulky he stopped him.
On making a search he found a brass bell and certain tools
in his pockets The man would not or could not give an
account of how he became possessed of the articles, and
EDWARDS locked him up.
Superintendent CROGHAN informed
Alderman PICKUP at a special court on Monday that prisoner
had since his arrest informed him that he had stolen the
bell from a public house at Broughton-road, Manchester,
on Saturday night. The six new files and one pair of pliers
he had bought in the “flat iron” market. He
did not think prisoner was “all there.” He
had told him that he had been a Colonel in the army, and
had recently left on a pension of £10 a week, and
He asked for a remand until
the following day to make inquiries. On Tuesday prisoner
was again brought up before Mr W UNDERWOOD, and handed
over to the Salford police, where he was required on several
FIRE AT DUKINFIELD
HALL LIBERAL CLUB. – Early on Tuesday morning
a fire was discovered to have broken out at the above
club. A neighbour saw smoke issuing from the place and
heard the cracking of burning wood inside. The curator,
who does not reside upon the premises, was aroused, and
immediately proceeded to the club. With assistance the
fire was extinguished, and upon examination being made
it was found that the bar counter had been burnt away.
The fire had also reached the
shelves where bottles of beer were stored. The heat had
knocked off the necks of the bottles as clean as though
they had been struck with a sharp instrument, and the
liquor had flowed on the floor. The flames had almost
reached a cupboard where the spirits were stored. It is
supposed the fire was caused by a smoker dropping a lighted
match into a long spittoon filled with sawdust at the
base of the front of the bar counter, and that this had
smouldered until flame broke out.
SUDDEN DEATH OF MR JAMES HAGUE, OF HOOLEY HILL
The inhabitant of the district were greatly shocked last
Sunday afternoon to hear of the unexpected death of the
above named well-known inhabitant which took place at
his residence, 239 Guide-lane. Some short time ago, Mr
HAGUE had the misfortune to break a blood vessel, from
which, however, he seemed to have nicely recovered.
On Sunday morning, the deceased
was watching the Wesleyan scholars’ Whitsuntide
procession, and he then looked all right, and even at
two o’clock he was seen talking in the street; but
shortly afterwards the poor, unfortunate gentleman broke
another blood vessel. Medical aid was quickly summoned,
but medical services were fruitless, and the news was
soon spread about that the deceased had passed away about
four o’clock in the afternoon.
Much sympathy was expressed
with the bereaved family on their loss of a good husband
and father. Mr HAGUE was of a very kindly and jovial disposition,
and made friends wherever he went. He was 52 years of
The funeral took place on Tuesday
afternoon at St John’s, Hurst, the remains being
placed in a paneled oak coffin, with heavy brass mountings,
and conveyed to their last resting place in a splendid
funeral car, and was followed by four coaches, which contained
the following mourners:-
First coach, Mrs HAGUE and
family, Mrs HADFIELD, Mr T SHAW.
Second coach, Mr and Mrs E HAGUE, Mr and Mrs PIKE, Mr
and Mrs James HAGUE.
Third coach, Mr and Mrs SHAW, Mr and Mrs BRINDLEY, Mr
J EDWARDS, Mr P GRUNDY.
Fourth coach, Mr G WILDE, Mr H WILDE, Miss Florrie PIKE,
Miss Clara PIKE, Miss Ethel SHAW, Mrs R SHAW.
The following were the bearers:-
Messrs C WORTHINGTON, J WOOD, W BROWN, G ROGERS, W HOWARD,
Interesting Address by Father Bernard
St Francis’ Church, Gorton, has latterly been in
the hands of the decorators who have very materially improved
the appearance of the sacred edifice. Naturally the re-opening
of the church was looked upon with much interest by the
worshippers, and with the view of celebrating this occasion
special services were held on Sunday last.
There was a large attendance
in the morning, when the sermon was preached by the Rev
A POOLE, of St Bede’s College, Manchester, and the
congregation was again large in the evening, when the
preacher was the Rev Father Bernard VAUGHAN, who was for
so long associated with the Church of the Holy Name.
He gave a very interesting
discourse, and dealt principally with the subject of faith
in matters of religion. He insisted that dogma could not
be disassociated from Christianity. They were not infrequently
told, he said, that one great need of the present age
was a religion without theology, a code of morality altogether
independent of dogma. If that were the present day demand
he made bold to say there could be forthcoming no adequate
supply to satisfy it.
As you could not have the heavens
above without astronomy, nor the earth below without geology,
so neither could you have God without theology, nor Christ
without Christianity, nor Christianity without a religion
bristling with dogma. It seemed to him to be one of the
fatal mistakes in the education nowadays supplied by the
State to the masses that it undertook scientifically to
teach all subjects but one, and that one the most important
of them all – religion.
Because Catholics had taken
exception to that unscientific way of teaching religion
and had insisted on its being taught scientifically –
in other words, as springing out of dogma – they
had been practically penalised for it. The Christianity
of Christ could not be taught in any school without first
of all answering the question, “Who and what is
Christ?” Surely upon the answer to that double question
depended a man’s relationship with Christ.
Faith was a necessity of life.
From the cradle to the grave, man had to exercise faith
– accept on the authority of others what he himself
could not prove. As in his natural life, so in his spiritual
life, man walked and lived by faith. Faith, however, without
good work was a lamp in which the light was quenched.
”We as members of the
Catholic Church,” continued the preacher, “are
children of the household of faith. We are called the
faithful. We are so called because we accept on the authority
of the Church all her defined moral and dogmatic teaching
as infallibly true. We give to them an unhesitating assent,
believing them to be the teaching of the Master, Jesus
”To the Church,
Jesus Christ has said, “He that heareth you heareth
me.” Accordingly the Master and no other is responsible
for our unconditional surrender to an authority which
He assured us He invests with His own authority.”