9 May 1903
TO A HORSE AT ASHTON
Sequel to Riding the Black Knight
At the Ashton Borough Court on Monday, William LUMLEY
and Thomas GANNON were charged with cruelty to a horse
on the 13th April. – Defendants did not appear,
and it was stated that the summonses had not been served.
George BUXTON was summoned for aiding and abetting in
the above offence. – He appeared, and said he was
guilty of lending the horse to LUMLEY perfectly sound.
– The Clerk told him he had better plead not guilty.
Inspector ROBINSON, RSPCA,
said the two defendants LUMLEY and GANNON were charged
with ill-treating this horse under somewhat unusual circumstances.
On Easter Monday LUMLEY hired a horse from BUXTON for
the purpose of riding what he thought they called the
Black Lad – (The Clerk: Black Knight) – round
the town. They started off from a public house at the
lower end of the town about 12 o’clock, GANNON being
on the back of the horse as the Black Knight and LUMLEY
leading the horse.
They went round the town and
were traced as far as the Pitt and Nelson. At about four
o’clock in the afternoon the horse was seen by Sergeant
HEIGHWAY outside the Caledonia with no one in charge of
it. The next they heard of the horse was at half past
four o’clock when it was taken into the yard of
the public house from which they had started at noon.
The animal fell down in the
yard in a state of exhaustion. It was got up by the landlord
and some other men, and after it had been given something
it fell again, and was afterwards brought to the Town
Hall. The defendant BUXTON was seen about it, and he admitted
lending the horse to LUMLEY for 5s for the purpose of
riding the Black Knight round.
Mr NEW, veterinary surgeon,
was called in, and he would tell the Bench that the horse
was in a shocking condition, very poor, weak, very lame,
and there were a number of sores caused by falling. It
was only fit for slaughter.
William ATHERTON was called,
and said he remembered the 13th of last month. About 12
o’clock noon he was in the parlour. – The
Clerk: Where at? – Witness: My house. - The Clerk:
Which house is that? – Witness: The Walk Mill Tavern.
I was in the parlour when a man named LUMLEY came in and
said to the boys, “Does anyone want to borrow horse
for the Black Lad?” A man with one arm had a horse
in the yard. They had got him to be the Black Lad. LUMLEY
was leading the horse and the one armed man was on the
The Clerk: A one armed Black
Knight? – (Laughter.) – Witness: Yes. They
left with the horse and returned at twenty past 4 o’clock.
The horse was in my yard stood up. I went into the yard
again shortly afterwards and the horse had fallen down.
I saw it trembling, and told my wife to make some meal
and water. With assistance I got it up, but it fell again.
We got it up again, and that
was the last I wanted to see of it. – The Clerk:
Did you give it the meal and water? – Witness: Yes,
it had the bucket empty in two minutes, and it would have
taken the bucket to. – (Laughter.) – The Clerk:
Where was the Black Knight? – Witness: He was inside,
not inside the horse. – (Laughter.) – The
Clerk: It did not take the Black Knight too then. –
Witness: No, but it would not have taken it long to do
that. – (Renewed laughter.)
The Clerk: Was he dressed in
character? – Witness: He was painted with corks.
– The Clerk: No sword and shield? – Witness:
No, only a stick. – (Laughter.) – Inspector
ROBINSON: Did you see any sores? – Witness: It was
roped up in bags and straw. At six o’clock Sergeant
WILD and other officers came and took the horse away.
Was there any reason for the
horse falling beyond its exhausted condition? No, there
was no cruelty to it whilst it was on my premises. –
The Clerk: It had not had enough to eat. – Witness:
I would say it fell from starvation from the way in which
it took the bucket of meal and water. Defendant said the
landlord borrowed the horse from LUMLEY for 5s for the
benefit of the house. – Witness: Nothing of the
sort. I had nothing to do with bringing the horse into
Constable HILTON stated that
he saw a crowd round the Walk Mill Tavern, and on looking
into the yard he saw a horse lying on the floor. He saw
it get up and tumble down again. He went and informed
Sergeant WILD about it and the horse was brought to the
Town Hall. He saw several cuts about the horse’s
head. – Defendant: It had been knocked about the
streets something cruel, and the neighbours cried “shame.”
Inspector ROBINSON: Did the
defendant come whilst you were at the public house and
claim the horse? – Witness: Yes. Sergeant WILD stated
that at 6.30 on the night in question the last witness
made a complaint respecting this horse. He went with him
to the yard of the Walk Mill Tavern, and there found a
horse in a shocking condition, very weak, with a number
of sores on the head, and scarcely able to walk at all.
He afterwards saw the defendant at the Police Station,
and he said he had leant the horse to LUMLEY for 5s, and
it was sound. The Clerk: You suggested that it was the
landlord who borrowed it off LUMLEY. – Defendant:
- Yes, he borrowed it off LUMLEY.
Mr NEW, veterinary surgeon,
stated that he came to the Town Hall at the request of
the police, and examined the horse. He found it extremely
lame on the off foreleg from an old standing sprain. It
was also very thin and emaciated, and scarcely able to
stand. There were a number of old sores about it with
the scale knocked off and completely raw. In one place
there was a raw place as big as his hand.
The Clerk: Was it in a fit
condition for a man to be riding on it? – Witness:
No. – Was it fit for any purpose except killing?
No. – Defendant said he bought the horse 2s worth
of corn every day. It was a horse that never would get
stouter. He had a witness where he bought the corn.
The Clerk: You might buy the
corn but not give it this horse. You lent this horse to
LUMLEY for 5s? – Defendant: Yes, and it was sound
and perfect. – The Clerk: Sound and perfect! You
have heard the doctor’s evidence this morning? –
Defendant: It was sound when I lent it to LUMLEY. –
The Clerk: No sores upon it? – Defendant: No; the
doctor saw it after it had been knocked about. –
The Clerk: The doctor tells us there were old sores, and
there was a wound on top of the head as big as his hand.
The Chairman (Mr A PARK): What
did you intend to do with the horse when you bought it?
– Defendant: I intended to work it as a greengrocer
every day. I had it shoed in Manchester, and they said
the horse was sound. – Inspector ROBINSON: May I
ask what has become of the horse? – Defendant: I
sold it to Jodey GANDY for £2. – The Clerk:
What has Jodey done with it? It had better be traced or
Jodey may ell it again.
The Chairman: The Magistrates
wish me to say that they desire you to trace this horse
– Inspector ROBINSON: That shall be done, sir. –
The Chairman (to defendant): You will be fined 10s, and
costs, a guinea for the doctor’s fee, and 5s for
the witness, in default one month.
Two of the Victims Hurst Men
Hurst has paid its quota to the victims of the Frank disaster
which occurred in Canada last week, and as a result there
are two families bemoaning the loss of their breadwinners.
Amongst the list of killed are two well-known Hurstonians,
Alfred DAWES and David FOSTER, the former leaving a wife
and three children, and the latter a wife.
It appears that there are quite
a number of colliers who have left the district for Canada,
and when the news of the calamity was made known it was
feared that some of them might be amongst the unfortunate
ones. These fears have been sadly realised. A telegram
was received from a young man called BARDSLEY by his mother
at Hurst Cross on Monday last, briefly as follows: “We
saved. DAWES and FOSTER dead. – Albert.”
The two men killed only left
Hurst last October, and out of four who made the journey
together only one remained, the other having been burned
to death in the mine last April. The men were very well
known in the district, where there is a deep expression
of sympathy for the bereaved ones, and, sad to stay, DAWES
father, Mr Robert DAWES, a superintendent of the Hurst
Brook Sunday School, loses both a son and son-in-law by
the calamity. Previous to his departure, Alfred DAWES
resided in Hope-street, Hurst, and FOSTER lived with his
father-in-law at Higher King-street.
DEAD IN BED AT ASHTON
Information was conveyed to the Ashton Police Station
on Monday morning that John MOXON, aged 67 years, residing
at 71 Welbeck-street, Ashton, had been found dead in bed,
at 8.30 that morning. Deceased lived along with his daughter,
Maggie, a dining-room assistant, and he was a machine
joiner by trade, which occupation he followed until Saturday
About twelve months ago he
began to suffer from bronchitis, for which he was attended
by Dr CRAWSHAW. Since then, however, he had not been under
medical treatment. On Sunday night about 8 o’clock
he complained of not being so well, and his daughter boiled
him some prepared oats of which he partook, also two rheumatic
and gout pills, and went to bed. About 3 o’clock
on Monday morning he shouted his daughter, and on her
going into his bedroom she found him vomiting. She gave
him some warm water, and after a time he appeared to recover.
The daughter returned to her bedroom, and some time afterwards
on going into her father’s room she found him lying
dead in bed.
The inquest was held at the
Astley Arms, Ashton, on Wednesday forenoon by Mr J F PRICE,
Maggie MOXON, daughter of the
deceased, deposed to him following his employment as a
mill machine turner up to Saturday. Last June he was under
Dr CRAWSHAW for bilious attack, but since then he had
been comparatively well in health. After partaking of
supper and two pills, which he had been in the habit of
taking for rheumatism, he went to bed about 8.30 on Sunday
About 1.40 on Monday morning
he called to witness, and she got up and went to his room.
He vomited a little and asked her to bring him some hot
water. She did so, and he drank it and said he was a little
better. She went to bed again, and about 2.55am went to
see how he was. He was awake and said he still felt sick.
She went downstairs to light the fire to make him a cup
Shortly afterwards her sister
went upstairs for some flannel to warm and put on his
stomach. She called witness upstairs, and she found her
father lying in bed on his back. He was taking deep breaths
and seemed unconscious. She ran for her aunt, who lived
close by, and on their going to the bed her father was
dead. He had several times had dizzy bouts, but never
complained of palpitation.
Dinah KELSALL, wife of Edward
KELSALL, grocer, 81 Welbeck-street, deposed to being called
in the house to see deceased. Dr CRAWSHAW deposed to attending
the deceased at intervals during the last ten years for
different ailments. He had had rheumatism chiefly in his
knees, but latterly had suffered from acute indigestion,
and had complained of a swimming sensation in his head.
Witness had examined him on several occasions, but found
no valvular disease of the heart, but suspected it was
He had not seen him professionally
since June last. He had apparently had an attack of dyspepsia,
producing vomiting and a fatal attack of syncope, which
was what would affect a weak heart. The jury returned
a verdict of death from natural causes, probably syncope,
induced by vomiting and dyspepsia.
WORKHOUSE CHILDREN FOR CANADA
At the Borough Police Court, on Monday, Mr George PARTINGTON,
clerk to the Ashton Board of Guardians attended before
the magistrates along with half a dozen clean and neatly-dressed
boys and girls from the workhouse, in charge of Mr SHORE,
the workhouse master. Mr PARTINTON informed the bench
that the Guardians proposed to send out six children to
Canada under the auspices of the Catholic Protection Society,
The children were present,
and it was necessary before they emigrated that their
consent should be obtained in the presence of two magistrates.
– The first name called out was that of Elizabeth
STAFFORD. – The Clerk: Do you wish to go to Canada?
– Elizabeth: No. – Do you understand? It is
proposed to send you out to Canada with these other boys
and girls. Don’t you wish to go? No, sir.
The names of Agnes MANNING,
John BURNS, William STAFFORD, James McCAWLEY, and Christine
McCAWLEY were then called, and asked if they wished to
go to Canada. They all replied in the affirmative. –
Mr PARTINGTON said he was rather taken by surprise at
the refusal of Elizabeth STAFFORD to go out along with
her brother William. She had expressed her willingness
to go. She had no mother, and had been deserted by her
The Clerk to Elizabeth: You
hear that your brother William is willing to go to Canada?
Yes, sir. – Would you not like to go with him? No.
– Don’t you want to go? No. – I don’t
know that I have a right to ask why because you can please
yourself. If you don’t want to go the magistrates
cannot make an order in your case.
Mr PARTINGTON said it was rather
unfortunate seeing that the girl had given her consent
before coming to court. – The Clerk: She is here,
but we cannot inquire into her reason. – The Chairman:
It must be of the girl’s own free choice. –
The Clerk: You can make an order in all the other cases,
and eliminate the name of Elizabeth STAFFORD. –
This was done, and the parties left the court.
DEATH OF A CHILD AT ASHTON
The Ashton police were apprised of the death under singular
circumstances, which took place at 5.15 on Monday of William,
aged five months, son of William MILLER, labourer, 7 Chapel-street,
Ashton. The child had been in delicate health ever since
birth, and seemed to be in a wasting condition.
The father and mother retired
to bed at 11.30 on Sunday night, the child then being
as usual. During the night the child began to cry, and
the mother carried him about the bedroom, and by this
means got him to sleep. The mother then went to sleep,
placing the child by her side of the bed. On awaking at
5.15am the mother noticed the child lay very quiet, and
she awoke her husband, and on examination the child was
found to be dead.
The inquest was held at the
Wellington Inn, Crickets-lane, on Wednesday forenoon,
by Mr J F PRICE, district coroner.
The mother of the deceased
said the child had not had good health since birth. She
could not tell what ailed him, but he was always crying.
She had given him castor oil about twice a week, and had
not considered him bad enough to call a doctor in. Witness
and her husband and the child slept in the one bed, which
was a large bed. The child slept on the witness’s
left arm in the middle of the bed and commenced crying
during the night time, and she got up and walked about
the chamber floor from about 12 o’clock midnight
until 4.30 on Monday morning.
The child got quieter, and
witness went to sleep, placing him on her right arm. On
awakening about half an hour afterwards she found the
child lying dead on her arm. It had been her custom to
feed the child with fresh milk from a cup with a spoon,
but the child often vomited the milk back. Witness had
three other children, the eldest of whom was living away
with a cousin. She had two other children, both of whom
had died, the last being six weeks ago, aged one year
and six months.
By the foreman: She called
a doctor in after death, and he said the child had been
suffering from crying fits and convulsions. – Annie
DEGNAN, single woman, lodging with Mrs MILLER, deposed
to the child having always been delicate. The mother was
a steady woman, and had always looked well after her children.
She knocked witness up about 5.30 on Monday morning, and
asked her to look at the child, and on doing so she found
it lying dead on the bed.
The Coroner said it was a pity
the mother had not called in a doctor before. –
A Juryman expressed the opinion that there had been some
carelessness. – The Coroner said it must be carelessness
or ignorance. – A Juryman said he had known the
parents 15 years, and they had always been pretty steady.
– The Foreman did not think there had been willful
neglect. The child did not appear to have been able to
retain the milk on its stomach.
The Coroner suggested a post
mortem examination if there was any doubt in the matter.
– The Foreman considered there was not the slightest
evidence of neglect. – The Coroner said it have
been caused through mixing the food improperly. –
Several jurymen expressed the opinion that death was due
to convulsions, and a verdict of death from natural causes
was returned. – The mother of the child was called
into the room, and the Coroner told her that it was the
opinion of the jury that she ought to have obtained medical
EXCITING RAILWAY INCIDENT
On the arrival of the Manchester to London express at
Crewe on Sunday, a young woman was found leaning through
the window shrieking and gesticulating in a very alarming
manner, and a crowd gathered on the platform. From a communication
made by her mother, who traveled with her, it seemed that
soon after leaving Manchester the young woman’s
mind became unhinged, and she attacked her mother and
knocked her about very severely. She was detained and
attended by Dr ATKINSON, the company’s chief surgeon.
She had gone absolutely mad, and later on was taken back
to the Midlands by friends.