11 April 1903
BLACKSMITH DEFRAUDS THE RAILWAY COMPANY
Fined at Stalybridge
Peter HIGGINSON, blacksmith, 74 Herbert-street, off Victoria-street,
Openshaw, was on Wednesday charged in his absence at the
Stalybridge Police Court with having travelled on the
London and North Western Railway without paying his fare.
There were two charges. – Mr LAMBERT, solicitor,
Euston Station, prosecuted.
Frederick GARSIDE, ticket collector
at the Stalybridge Station, said that on the day in question
he saw the Leeds 4pm train arrive at Stalybridge. Defendant
and a boy got out of a compartment, and when witness asked
defendant for his ticket he replied that he had booked
one and a half from Huddersfield to Manchester, but had
lost his ticket between the booking office and he train.
He gave the address of Carmen-street, Ashton Old-road,
Openshaw. Defendant was not able to say how much he had
paid for the ticket.
John HUGHES, ticket collector
at Wortley, near Leeds, said that on the 5th January defendant
arrived at Wortley with a little boy, and when asked for
his ticket he said he had lost them. Defendant gave the
address Gorton-road, Manchester. – Horace SIMS,
booking clerk at Exchange Station, Manchester, spoke as
to having issued 11 singles and two children’s tickets
by the train upon which defendant travelled. John CARTER,
also a booking clerk at Exchange Station, gave similar
testimony, and two booking clerks at Huddersfield Station
also spoke as to the number of tickets they issued on
the day in question, all of those being accounted for
by Geo F EVANS, a Euston clerk to whom all tickets were
W C KYNASTON, railway detective
sergeant, said he had much difficulty in tracing defendant.
Ultimately he found him at his work in Newton-street,
Openshaw, and upon asking him if he had any explanation
to offer he replied that he had lost the tickets. Defendant
offered to pay the fares “if there was going to
be any bother.” Subsequently defendant said he had
had a drop of drink on the day in question, and must have
made a mistake.
The Mayor said the Bench were
satisfied that defendant had defrauded the company. He
would be fined 20s and costs in each case, or one month
in respect to each charge, the sentences to run concurrently.
STEALING CASE AT STALYBRIDGE
James Walter KNIGHT, a well-known Stalybridge character,
was on Monday convicted at the Knutsford Quarter Sessions
for having stolen eight fowls from Slack’s farm,
Stocks-lane, Stalybridge. The facts will be fresh in the
minds of our readers. About three weeks ago Constable
HULME was on his beat about midnight on Saturday, when
he saw KNIGHT emerge through the gateway which leads to
The officer spoke to prisoner,
who replied, “Jesus Christ, I’m coopered!”
following up the remark with a blow at the officer with
his fist. HULME closed with his assailant and a desperate
struggle ensued, but thanks to the assistance rendered
by two residents in the locality – who had been
attracted to the spot by the policeman’s whistle
– KNIGHT was secured and taken to the Town Hall
When first seen by the constable,
prisoner had no less than seven hens in his possession,
and later on another dead fowl was discovered in the cote.
KNIGHT was found guilty, and sentence of six moths with
hard labour was passed.
IN THE BLACKPOOL TOWER
The Assessment Appeal at Preston
The hearing of the appeal of the Blackpool Tower Company
Limited against the Assessment Committee of the Fylde
Union was considered at Preston Quarter Sessions on Saturday.
The committee assessed the Tower and holdings around at
£15,000 gross and £10,500 ratable in July
1902, and in accepting the gross assessment, the applicants
claimed that proper deductions meant the gross annual
value had not been made. The committee thereupon knocked
of the £500, but the company urged that sufficient
deduction had not been made, and therefore the present
appeal was brought.
In the course of the hearing,
Mr Thomas DRYDEN, consulting and practical engineer, Preston,
was cross-examined by Mr HYDE, with regard to his statement
that 288ft and 312ft of the Tower was corroded. He repeated
that if the corrosion continued during the coming ten
years as it had done the past ten years that a ???? of
24ft, weighing some 500 tons, would have to come down,
and to replace that would cost £20,000.
Colonel William Henry WALSTEAD,
rating valuer, Hull, gave it as his view that there would
be nothing left of the original Tower at the end of 15
years if the corrosion went on at the same rate and no
renewals were done. – The court reserved judgment.
UNLAWFUL WOUNDING AT ASHTON
Alfred OVERION was charged at the Ashton Borough Police
Court, on Thursday, with unlawfully wounding Elizabeth
HEMMINGWAY on the 3rd of April. – The Chief Constable
said the woman was in a somewhat serious condition, and
asked for a remand for a week. – The Clerk: Is she
in immediate danger? – Sergeant HEIGHWAY said she
was not. The assault however was a very serious one. –
Prisoner was remanded, and bail allowed, providing a surety
of £20 was forthcoming.
BOROUGH POLICE COURT
CHARGE OF ASSAULT. – Squire LOWNDES
was summoned by Winifred LOGAN for assault on the 2nd
of April. He pleaded not guilty and was defended by Mr
W M WADDINGTON. – The wife of the licensee of the
Old House at Home said complainant was drunk when she
came to the house. She wanted drink, but witness’s
husband refused to serve her, and complainant hit him
on the arm so severely that he had to have the wound cauterised.
– The offence was flatly denied, and the case dismissed.
Lucy DEWHURST was summoned
for assaulting Mary OLDFIELD on the 4th of April. –
Complainant said defendant was “raging mad,”
and she broke the windows of her dwelling and struck her
in the face. – Mr A LEES, solicitor, defended and
pleaded not guilty. – Complainant said she was frightened
of defendant; she was like a villain. She flung the door
open and stood there like a man. – (Laughter.) –
Mr LEES: Didn’t you and all your friends set about
her? – Complainant: No. – Who dragged her
about the street? No one; we hadn’t chance.- Mr
LEES denied the assault, but the Bench considered it proved,
and fined defendant 5s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
Mary Jane OLDFIELD was then
summoned by Mary Elizabeth CORCORAN for assaulting her
on 3rd of April. – A witness aid they both quarreled
together, and added that complainant threw a glass of
beer over defendant, who struck her back. – The
case was dismissed.
Mary BARDSLEY summoned James
MAYOR for assault. He pleaded guilty to striking her.
– He was fined 5s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
Hetty MULLEN summoned John
Joseph HOWARD for assault. She told the Bench the offence
took place on St Patrick’s Day, and he struck her
in the house when she was seated near the fire. –
A witness said defendant threatened to throw the lamp
at her. – Defendant denied the offence. –
The Bench fined him 5s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
DRUNK IN CHARGE. –
John LAW was summoned for being drunk in charge of two
horses and a dray on the 7th of April. – He pleaded
not guilty. – The case was proved by Constable TURNER,
and the alleged offence took place at Cockbrook. –
Defendant said he asked to be taken to a doctor, but the
police refused. – This was his first offence, and
he was fined 10s for costs, or seven days.
– Maria SAVAGE, Sarah HINES and John LAW
were charged with being drunk and disorderly. –
Nominal fines were imposed. SAVAGE was fined 5s and costs,
or seven days. HINES was dismissed.
Joseph OUSEY was summoned for gaming at Ryecroft on the
27th of March. Defendant, along with others, was seen
tossing. OUSEY stopped to pick the money up, and he was
caught by the police. He now said he was only watching.
– He was fined 2s 6d for costs.
LARCENY CASES. –
Mary Ann OLDFIELD was charged with stealing 2s 6d from
the person of Sarah Ann LEWIS, of Wellington-street, on
the 4th of April. – The parties were school children.
– Complainant was sent on an errand, and on her
return defendant came to her and said, “Mr LESTER
has given you too much money.” She opened complainant’s
hand and took away half-a-crown from the change. –
She was arrested by Constable TUMELTY, and she admitted
the offence. – Defendant expressed her sorrow to
the Bench, and said she spent it on Sunday amongst two
girls. The Bench severely admonished her, and dismissed
John Robert McGARRY was charged
with stealing a shirt, the property of Nancy SCHOFIELD,
on the 30th of March. – Complainant, of 83 Birch-street,
told the Bench the shirt was worth 4s 11d. She missed
it from the clothes line at the rear of her house on the
30th of last month. – Constable TUMELTY proved arresting
the boy, and he replied, “Yes” in answer to
the charges. Defendant said he found it on the floor.
– The Chief Constable said the lad had been in reformatory
for stealing. – The Bench discharged the defendant,
and the chairman gave him some advice as to his future
A Rejoinder to Mr Alderman Shaw
Sir, - I shall be extremely obliged if you will allow
me space as a rejoinder to Mr Alderman SHAW reply to myself.
Mr SHAW says he had the authority of the chairman and
several members of the Tramways Committee for saying that
such a request was made by the deputation that appeared
before them (meaning, of course, a previous reference
in his letter, “that the electric cars should enter
and leave the town by Stamford-street.”)
For Mr SHAW to hide himself
behind others who have said so-and-so is certainly not
acceptable evidence of fact, and no one knows better than
Mr SHAW that such evidence would not be received within
the walls of the court of which he is such a shining light.
The chairman and several members of the Tramways Committee
were not the only gentlemen present when the deputation
waited upon that body, and if the chairman and his friends
have the courage to put their statement in a form to be
read, let them do so, that the public may be the judges
of who is in the right.
Mr SHAW was singularly unfortunate
in asking your readers to see the Reporter of the 21st
March as a search in that paper does not improve his position,
but weakens it materially. What do we find? That in a
meeting of 50 (I should rather say over 60) tradesmen
of the town, there was a strong feeling that for passengers
coming into the town it was a most understandable course
to take them and through a back street, as Old-street.
They did more; they passed
a resolution unanimously that a deputation be formed who
should wait upon the Tramways Committee, “to ask
them to reconsider their decision, and to ask that all
cars entering the town from Manchester shall do so by
Stamford-street.” Not a word in the resolution about
The resolution was moved by
Mr W M HYSLOP (of ROEBUCK and Co), seconded by Mr Samuel
WARD (of Stamford-street), and unanimously agreed to and
this will be found in the weekly Reporter of 21st March,
which Mr SHAW asks your readers to see. – Yours
P.S. – Mr HYSLOP, in introducing the deputation
to the Tramways Committee, said he, and perhaps some of
those with him, might have preferred the cars to enter
and leave by Stamford-street, but being told there were
difficulties in the way of doing so, they as a deputation
simply asked the Tramways Committee to reconsider their
decision, and to ask that were from Manchester to enter
the town by way of Stamford-street.
There is a considerable amount of emigration to Canada
at the present time. We rarely read of such numbers leaving
the Old World for the new. We can only hope that their
change will be for the better, and that they will always
retain a warm feeling for the land of their birth, as
well as for that of their adoption.
The April circular issued by
the Emigrants’ Information Office, Broadway, Westminster,
S. W., states that a new pamphlet with map has been issued
on the Orange River Colony. It adds that this is the best
season of the year for emigration to Canada, and there
is an excellent demand for almost any kind of labour all
over the Dominion. Emigrants should prepare to start at
There is a very large demand
for farm hands, especially in Ontario and the North West,
and any able-bodied farm labourer or young man wishing
to learn farming will have no difficulty in finding a
place. At Sydney, in Nova Scotia, there is a good demand
in the steel and ironworks, and in the coal mines, for
general labourers, machinists, machinist’s helpers,
and coal miners, especially those who can operate cutting
Both in Nova Scotia and Ontario
men, skilled and unskilled, are wanted for sanitary earthenware
works and brickyards. The building trades are busy in
all parts, and carpenters, bricklayers, plasterers, and
others are wanted. At Winnipeg, in Manitoba, there is
also a demand for a number of harness makers. The metal
trades are very busy in Ontario. There is a brisk demand
in all parts of Canada for female servants, both in towns
and on farms.
In New South Wales female servants
are always wanted, but a great many men are out of work,
and no one is advised to go to this State at present on
the chance of procuring employment. In other parts of
Australia there is little demand for more labour.
In New Zealand there is a good
demand for men in the building and coachbuilding trades.
The clothing trade is busy in most parts, and men in the
engineering trade have been generally well employed.
In Cape Colony there is a demand
for wheelwrights, bodymakers, coachsmiths, trimmers, plasterers,
bricklayers, carpenters, and first-class painters. The
cost of living is high. Permits are still required by
those proceeding to the Transvaal and the Orange River
A novel and amusing
situation was created in connection with the candidature
of Messrs Geo HENSHAW and S F HOWARD, for a seat on the
Limehurst District Council. It so happened that both candidates
received the same number of votes, viz., 26. The difficulty
came in when the Returning Officer was asked to give his
casting vote, for not being a parochial elector, he was
not entitled to vote.
The matter was, however, settled
by an arrangement in which it was decided to draw lots,
this mode of procedure being allowed by the provisions
of the Act of Parliament regulating Rural District Council
elections. As to how they should draw lots was another
question to decide. One suggestion was to decide the matter
in the old fashioned way by a long and short matchstalk,
the one fortunate enough to pick the long matchstalk to
be declared the successful candidate.
One of the candidates, however,
being a little bit dubious on the point, demurred to the
suggestion, and after a little parleying, in which both
sides displayed a tendency for “jibbing” on
account of the haunting suspicion that Dame Fortune might
fail to smile upon them, it was resolved to settle the
matter by placing their names on pieces of paper inside
a hat, along with blank pieces of paper, the first name
drawn out to be regarded as the successful candidate.
Mr HOWARD’s name came out first, and he was thereupon
Mr HENSHAW was consequently
removed from the Council upon which he had served ever
since its formation in 1894, during a portion of which
period he had acted as chairman. In him the Council has
lost a good member, and there is an element of regret
that he should have been deposed in such an unprecedented
Another curious circumstance
arose in connection with the voting. Two soldiers entered
the police station to record their votes, as was afterwards
stated, in favour of Mr HENSHAW. It was discovered that
by some means their Christian names had been given wrongly
They were requested to make an affirmation on oath that
they were the right persons, but as they did not seem
to fully understand the matter they refused, being apparently
afraid of committing themselves in any way, and so their
votes were lost.
BREACH OF THE FACTORY ACT AT ASHTON
The Ashton Mill Company Fined
A summons was preferred against the Atlas Mill Co, at
the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday, by Mr J H
CRABTREE (H.M. Inspector of Factories) for a breach of
the Factory Act. – Mr A LEES appeared on behalf
of the company, and pleaded guilty.
Mr CRABTREE said that in consequence
of certain information he paid a visit to the Atlas Mill
Co on March 6th. In company with his colleague Mr THOMAS,
and found the manufacturing going on in the first spinning-room
at 5.35pm, and this was continued for another minute longer.
He took the names of nine young persons and he brought
this action under Section 33 of the Factory and Workshops’
Act, 1901, which prohibited young persons from being allowed
to remain in a room.
The Chairman (Mr J BEARDON-GRUNDY):
They plead guilty, so is it unnecessary to go into detail.
– Mr CRABTREE said the company were liable to a
penalty of £27, viz., £3 in respect of each
case. He asked the Bench to impose such a fine as would
make it cheaper to keep the law than to break it.
Mr LEES said the directors
and managers had every wish to conform to the requirements
of the law. The manager (Mr CLARKSON) went to make some
inquiries with regard to some work going on, and whilst
he was away the engineers were allowed to run a matter
of only five minutes over time, the engineer being detained
in the engine-room. It was quite unforeseen. There were
no females working at the time on that part of the premises
which were running.
Mr CRABTREE: The cardroom
was not working. – The Chairman: Will you view it
as an accident? – Mr CRABTREE: I can hardly do that,
sir. – The Magistrates imposed a fine of 20s and
costs in the first case, and 5s 6d and costs in each of
the other eight cases.