ABANDONED AT CHARLESTOWN STATION
A singular discovery was made in the first-class ladies’
waiting room, Charlestown passenger station, on Friday
night shortly before 10 o’clock. A porter engaged
at the station, named Harry PEACH, was attracted to the
ladies’ first-class waiting room by hearing the
cries of a child, and on proceeding to the room he there
found a male infant child fully dressed and wrapped in
a grey plaid shawl. He at once took the child to the refreshment
room where a supply of milk was provided and administered.
The porter afterwards gave information to the police,
and the child was afterwards taken to the workhouse by
the manageress and a constable.
The child had evidently been
abandoned some short time previous by some person unknown.
The station staff have no suspicion of anyone, and so
far no one appears to have any recollection of seeing
anyone loitering about in a suspicious manner, which points
to the assumption that the person abandoning the child
departed immediately afterwards by train.
The child is about six weeks
old, eyes grey, hair dark brown, attired in new white
shirt, needlework round the neck and sleeves; white flannel
binder, taped edges; long white flannel, taped edges,
feather-stitched all round, a square of new flannel on
chest; white skirt, needlework round sleeves, neck, and
edges; small fawn head shawl, with four red stripes as
a border; one cotton napkin, and grey and black plaid
shawl, large pattern, far worn, fringed edges.
RESCUED FROM DROWNING AT ASHTON
The canal in the neighbourhood of the warehouse at the
bottom of Portland-street, Ashton, was the scene of a
sensational rescue from drowning about 4.30 on Monday
afternoon. Some boys appear to have been playing on the
towing path when one of them named Harry BUCKLEY, aged
eight years, residing at 95 Charles-street, Ashton, fell
into the water.
He was unable to swim, and
after struggling in the water for some time he sank, but
rose to the surface again. He was fortunately seen by
Mr FLETCHER, canal agent for the Great Central Railway
Co, who resides close by, and who got him out of the water
in an unconscious condition. He carried the boy into his
office and tried artificial respiration for some time,
ultimately bringing the boy back to consciousness, and
saving his life.
Sergeant WILD also appeared
on the scene, and rendered every assistance possible.
On being sufficiently recovered the boy was accompanied
home by the sergeant, apparently none the worse for his
AN ASHTON CABINET WORKS
Some alarm was created in the district on Monday forenoon
by an outbreak of fire, which occurred at the works of
Messrs Wm BOYES and Son, cabinet makers and upholsterers,
Camp-street, Ashton. The fire is supposed to have originated
by the overheating of a stove in the second storey, setting
fire to a quantity of flocks and several pieces of timber.
The building is two storeys
high and four windows in length. Immediately the fire
was discovered, information was conveyed by Jas LEIGH
to the Town Hall. The fire alarm bells were rung, and
the float and a contingent of firemen dispatched with
remarkable promptitude in time to prevent the flames spreading,
and they were extinguished by a few buckets of water,
the damage done being slight.
Shortly after ten o’clock on Wednesday night a fire
broke out at the shop of Messrs PENNY and Co, painters
and decorators, Mill-lane, Ashton. Information of the
outbreak was conveyed to the Police Station by Mr J KENNEDY,
and the fire alarm bells were rung and the float with
a contingent of firemen, promptly dispatched. Before their
arrival, however, the flames had been extinguished by
buckets of water. It was found that a cask of vegetable
black in the cellar had caught fir, the origin of which
was unknown. The damage was slight.
TO AN ASHTON CYCLIST
Sequel to the Championship Race at Fallowfield
The accident recorded in Saturday’s issue as happening
to W H WHATMOUGH, the Ashton cyclist, on Saturday week,
whilst training on the Ashton Athletic Ground for the
25 miles cycling championship, which took place on the
Manchester Athletic Club’s ground at Fallowfield
on Saturday last, prevented him from competing in the
championship, and he was thereby possibly saved from what
turned out to be a worse calamity.
Thirteen competitors started
in the championship (unpaced). Everything went smoothly
up to the fourteenth miles. The ten riders then left in
the race were all close together, and going at a good
pace. One of them — MASSEY it is reported —
swerved owing to the greasy state of the track. LOWCOCK,
who was close behind, was unable to avoid the former’s
back wheel and was thrown.
The result was all the others,
with the exception of BRELSFORD and MASSEY, were brought
to the ground. The spill was of an extremely ugly nature,
and injuries of a more or less serious character were
sustained by six of the riders. WHITEHURST’s head
came in contact with one of the iron posts that rail off
the track, and blood flowed profusely from the wound.
LOWCOCK, BELL and HUGHES were also badly hurt and the
four were removed to the infirmary in cab and horse ambulance.
The accident, of course, caused
considerable sensation amongst the spectators, and the
race was declared void. On inquiry at the infirmary on
Sunday night it was ascertained that the three men still
detained there — WHITEHURST, HUGHES and TAYLOR —
were progressing favourably.
A DANGEROUS PRACTICE. — At the
Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, before Messrs
Sydney MASON and Frederick REYNER, Arthur MAYHEW was charged
with discharging a firearm in the street. — An officer
stated that at five past eleven on the 30th of last month,
he saw defendant discharge a firearm in the highway. When
charged he gave a wrong name and address, but afterwards
returned to the office and rectified it. — Prisoner
said he was very sorry it had occurred, and that it would
not happen again. He had a license. — He was fined
5s 6d and costs.
THE TRIALS OF A LODGING-HOUSE.
— Before the Ashton County Court Justices
on Wednesday, Matilda BARLOW was charged with being drunk
and disorderly at Bardsley on the 18th of September. Matilda,
in a confidential tone, told the magistrates that “she
had gone down a bit in the world, you know, and she wanted
to rise, but she was now living in a lodging-house, and
— well, their worships knew what life in a lodging-house
was.” — (Laughter.) “Now,” she
said in a wheedling tone, “will your worships treat
me leniently? You can bind me over for as much as you
like.” — (Laughter.)
The Magistrates’ Clerk:
You do not seem to know what being bound over means. You
have been up before. Mrs HOLT, the court missionary, stated
that prisoner had a bit of money, but seemed to spend
it all in drink. — A constable: She has a bit of
property that brings in about 7s a week. — Prisoner,
who had been reciting her troubles to Superintendent HEWITT
during the evidence, vehemently broke in saying that she
would attend chapel while she was in a lodging-house.
— (Laughter.) — She was fined 5s 6d for costs.
CURZON, AND TUDOR MILLS
A very interesting gathering of the employees of the above
mills took place in the Ashton-under-Lyne Town Hall on
Saturday evening, upwards of 450 people sitting down to
a most enjoyable tea. After tea the operatives presented
their manager, Mr James CLARKSON, with a beautifully designed
solid silver tea and coffee service, in a fine oak case,
with a silver plate bearing the following inscription:-
“Presented to James CLARKSON, Esq, as a token of
respect and esteem, by the operatives of the Atlas, Curzon,
and Tudor Mills, on the occasion of his marriage, August
Amongst those present on the
platform were Mr and Mrs CLARKSON, Mr Samuel NEWTON (chairman
of directors), Mr Edwin BARLOW, JP (vice-chairman), his
Worship the Mayor (Councillor J B POWNALL), and Mr Lees
MARLAND (director); also the officials of the mills.
Mr John H BOWDEN, head carder,
of Atlas, occupied the chair, and said they had to show
their manager (Mr CLARKSON) the amount of good feeling
and respect they had for him; also how pleasing it was
to know that such good feeling existed between the management
and the workpeople; and further, he sincerely hoped that
it would always continue to be so. In their manager they
had a man of whom they were justly proud, and by his successful
management of Atlas Mill, coupled with his untiring energy,
he had succeeded in becoming manager of three of the finest
mills in Lancashire.
He then called upon Mr John
EVANS, the oldest spinner in the employ of the firm (Atlas
Mill Company Limited), who in a few well-chosen words
made the presentation on behalf of the operatives.
Mr NEWTON (in response to a
call) remarked how pleased he was to see them all enjoying
themselves, and he hoped that they would return to work
all the better for the social gathering He said that the
directors, along with management, had been very severely
put to it by the depression in trade and the scarcity
of cotton, and he urged upon the workpeople the necessity
of always exercising their best abilities to produce good
yarn. He stated that the board of directors had every
confidence in Mr CLARKSON’s management, and that
a good understanding existed all round.
Councillor Edwin BARLOW, JP
(vice-chairman), expressed his approbation of Mr CLARKSON’s
service. He commented upon the remarkable manner in which
he had forged ahead, and stated that it was done entirely
through hard work. — His Worship the Mayor also
paid tribute to Mr CLARKSON’s services, and said
it was a matter for congratulation that the mills had
been so uniformly successful.
Mr James CLARKSON then rose
to reply, and received a very hearty ovation. On behalf
of himself and his wife he tendered to the operatives
his sincerest thanks for the very handsome service they
had so generously presented to him. He assured them that
nothing in his house would be more highly esteemed, and
that it would see plenty of active service. He was proud
to be in the position he was, and also glad to know that
such good feeling existed between the operatives and himself.
When he had concluded, all
joined in singing “For he’s a jolly good fellow,”
three cheers being given for Mr CLARKSON, and three for
Mrs CLARKSON. Dancing and singing then occupied undivided
attention until eleven o’clock when the gathering
terminated with the usual votes of thanks to the chairman
and the singing of “God save the King.” The
artistes were Mr C BEAUMONT, tenor, Manchester; Miss DONNELLY,
contralto, Bolton; Madam EVANS REID, soprano, Droylsden;
Mr Will OAKDEN, humorist, Manchester; and Mr Walter HEAPS,
M.N.C. LITERARY SOCIETY
The above society commenced the season for the coming
winter by holding a social in the school on Saturday evening
last. The attendance numbered upwards of 140 members and
friends. The entertainment was a most enjoyable one, consisting
of selections etc by an orchestral band kindly organised
by Mr W H BARKER, and consisting of piano, double bass,
cello, cornet, viola, two violins, and piccolo and flute.
The vocalists were Miss Sophie
WRIGHT, Miss Mattie FIRTH, and Mr William HASLAM; humorist,
Mr Wm BROADBENT, of Dukinfield. Miss WRIGHT greatly pleased
her friends by her singing of the “Dear home songs,”
and Miss FIRTH was very successful in her rendering of
the two songs, “Light in darkness” and “Flight
of ages.” The two ladies were also deservedly appreciated
for their singing of the duet, “Kilarney.”
Mr HASLAM’s two songs
were “Honour bids me speed away” and “Love’s
coronation” the last item being very prettily embellished
by a violin obligato, excellently played by Mr George
HILL. Both Mr HASLAM’s songs were much applauded.
Mr BROADBENT was very successful in the two humorous songs,
“Our stores” and “Come in.” Mr
BARKER, in addition to leading the band, was the accompanist.
Refreshments were sold during
an interval, and Mr Jno ROEBUCK, the secretary, sold a
good number of syllabuses for the coming season, and also
called the attention of the meeting to the excellent programme
in store for the members, special attention being called
to the Wagner lecture and recital, which is to take place