14 November 1903
SINGULAR DEATH OF A
CHILD AT ASHTON
In last Saturday’s issue we reported the death of
a child which had met its death by suffocation. The inquest
was held on Friday afternoon at the Cambridge Inn, Ashton,
by Mr Ernest BIRCH (Deputy Coroner). Mr Thomas BEARD was
foreman of the jury.
Eliza Jane CARDELL, wife of John Edward
CARDELL, a collier, of 25 Bennett-street, the mother,
said deceased was three months and three weeks old. She
had always been a healthy child from birth, except that
she had been troubled with bronchitis, for which she had
been attended by Dr CRAWSHAW.
On Thursday morning, witness went to bed
with the child at half past twelve. She put the child
on her left arm. They both went to sleep, the child being
between her and her husband. When they found deceased
it would be about twenty past seven when she was pressing
up against her back.
Her husband picked it up and said, “Oh,
Jesus, I think the baby’s dead.” Witness then
walked round the room with it, and her husband ran for
the doctor, and a neighbour was brought in. The doctor
came about 8 o’clock and pronounced the child dead.
Its mouth was discoloured.
Sarah KENNERLEY, wife of James KENNERLEY,
a collier, of 2 Back Cambridge-street, Ashton, said that
about half past seven on Thursday morning the last witness
came to her and told her the baby was dead, and they ran
back to the house to it. It was warm, but did not move.
The doctor said they should not let the child sleep with
The Coroner: I think the child has been
suffocated; they had no right to let the child sleep between
them. A verdict of “Accidental death” was
PUBLIC HOUSE ROBBERY
Found Under the Bed
At the Ashton Borough Court, on Monday, before Colonel
EATON, Colonel J W POLLITT, and Alderman HULME, Samuel
and James CASEY, who gave their names as SMITH, were charged
with stealing several articles of jewellery from the Castle
Inn, Scotland-street, on the 30th of October.
Carrie FORD, of the Castle Inn, said that
about half past eight on the 30th of October she had occasion
to go upstairs. When in the front bedroom she heard a
noise under the bed and on looking saw the prisoners.
She ran downstairs and raised an alarm which brought a
constable, who came and took prisoners into custody.
The constable deposed to being on duty on
the night in question in Scotland-street, when his attention
was called to the Castle Inn. He went there and upstairs
and on looking under the bed, he found the prisoners.
He took them into custody, and found some of the articles
produced on them. When charged they made no reply.
They were each sentenced to three months’
Drunk and Disorderly. — At the
Hyde County Police Court, on Monday, George H BAGSHAWE
was fined 2s 6d and costs for being drunk and disorderly
at Cross-street, at 11 o’clock on Saturday night.
She Wanted Some Tea. —
A pleasant-faced, humorous-looking old woman — who
appeared in court with a little shawl on her head —
appeared at the Hyde County Police Court, on Monday morning,
to answer a charge of begging at Bridge-lane, Dukinfield,
on November 8th.
The constable stated that prisoner had 7½d
in copper when arrested. — Prisoner said she had
been in the Union, and wanted some tea, and as she was
only 63 she was not given any, as they only give tea to
people over 65; so she went begging money to buy tea.
— The Clerk: But you had 7½d, and you were
begging. — Prisoner: Yes, sir; I was just coming
away when he (the constable) met me. — Alderman
OLDHAM: We will let you off this time, but don’t
come here again. — The prisoner: Thank you, sir.
An Unsustained Charge. —
On Thursday at the Police Court, Samuel MELLOR, greengrocer,
was summoned at the instance of Constable FOY for leaving
his horse and cart for an unreasonable time without anyone
in charge, to wit, ten minutes. — The officer stated
he was on duty in Ashton-street, Dukinfield Hall, and
saw a horse and spring cart standing opposite the Bridge
Inn. He watched it for ten minutes, and no one was in
charge. He went into the Bridge Inn and saw defendant
in the lobby.
Defendant said he was serving the landlady
with greengroceries, and had not been away from the horse
four minutes. He called a witness named John WOOD, of
93 Ashton-street, who swore that he saw the defendant
go into the Bridge Inn. He was not in more than three
or four minutes. — The magistrates gave defendant
the benefit of the doubt, and dismissed the case.
A Maori Football Group. —
The Manchester “Dispatch” the other day published
a portrait group of five brothers named Arthur, Alf, Fred,
Joe and William WARBRICK, who played in England with a
team of footballers from New Zealand a few years ago.
Since then Joe has died, and a Stockport relative of the
remarkable WARBRICK brothers sends some interesting particulars
of their parents:
”Their father, who was cousin to my
mother, used to be in the iron trade at Dukinfield, Cheshire,
but went out to New Zealand when quite a young man, and
married a chief’s daughter. There were three sons
by the first marriage. On the death of his wife WARBRICK
had to marry or leave the colony, and William and Fred
were sons of the second wife. The lads made many friends
whilst in England, and were treated well wherever they
The father would probably be brother of
Messrs James and William WARBRICK, who 50 years ago carried
on the business of machinists in Cooper-street, on land
now covered by the arches of the L and NW Railway.
The past week has been teeming with interest for the people
of Hyde. It has seen the first meeting of the Town Council
after the recent extraordinary election, the new Mayor
of the borough has been appointed, and there has been
the sensational ending of the Werneth Low Tragedy.
Under ordinary conditions the talk of the
town would have been about the new Mayor, how the new
Councillors comported themselves, who were on the newly-formed
committees, the bad weather, the fog, etc. But all these
have paled into insignificance compared with the interest
taken in the fate of the young girl, Elizabeth DAVIES,
who, the Friday before, was sentenced to be hung for causing
the death of her baby.
It is a long time since the heart of the
town has been stirred so deeply as over this case. With
everyone it has been the absorbing thought. At the crowded
Liberal meeting assembled to hear Earl Crewe on the fiscal
question, at the annual meeting of the Young Men’s
Christian Association, and in all places where people
were gathered together, the fate of the girl seemed to
brood like a spirit over the meeting and press down upon
the minds of all.
Everyone seemed to feel deeply over the
question, dainty ladies in cosy drawing rooms surrounded
by comfort and happy circumstances, mill girls at their
toil, plump and cheery British matrons, who had no reason
to expect that such a fate and such a shame might ever
occur to any girl of theirs, well-bred girls in their
first bloom of her womanhood, tall-hatted lawyers, ascetic
scholars, clergymen of all denominations — all were
The great heart of the people moved as one.
That “One touch of Nature makes she whole world
kin” has been shown by the universal interest in
this sad event. And not only has Hyde been moved so deeply,
but wherever the circumstances of the case have become
known people have felt sympathy for the poor girl, and
a desire that she should escape the last awful penalty
of the law.
How nobly have people worked on her behalf!
— Giving freely their ungrudging service, and braving
the cold and wet to help by a petition to the Home Secretary
one who could not help herself. Such a spontaneous outburst
of sympathy and brotherly and sisterly kindness fills
one with hope and confidence for the future of the race,
and makes one feel that it is not folly to look forward
to the time when loving-kindness shall cover the earth
like a flood, when each shall feel for all and all for
each. And as the great but frail and lowly bard says:
“And let us pray, that come it
As come it will for a’ that,
That man to man the wide world o’er
Shall brothers be for a’ that.”
Such an outburst of the spontaneous sympathy
for suffering is enough to cure the most willfully pessimist
of his despair, and to charm away the icy sneer of the
most case-hardened cynic.
We had just written the last sentence
when word was brought to the “Hyde Reporter”
office that the Home Secretary had reprieved the girl
and altered the sentence from death by hanging to one
of penal servitude for life. We could scarcely believe
that the Home Secretary could ignore a petition signed
by 20,000 of his Majesty’s liege subjects.
The sentence has been altered from death by hanging to
one of penal servitude for life, which, if the girl conducts
herself carefully, means penal servitude for 15 years,
we believe. If that is so, she will pass the best of her
days in gaol, and most likely will come out into the world
again a broken, white-haired woman.
We say that even that punishment is too
severe, and many a far worse woman has not received a
quarter of the punishment. And what is wanted now is another
petition for a mitigation of the sentence. But we are
afraid it would be almost useless, for the Home Secretary
would not be likely to alter the practice of the Home
Department, for the rules of red tape must be kept before
no matter how much humanity suffers.
And in three or four years, or even in three
or four weeks, Elizabeth DAVIES will be forgotten, and
she will have to abide in durance vile while the world
goes on unheeding. And even if a petition were got up
we don’t think it would receive a quarter of the
support the present one has, for the public soon grows
weary in well-doing. And to secure 22,000 signatures to
a petition is something to be proud of.
HOOLEY HILL & AUDENSHAW
Gaming. — Edward ELLOR and James
TOMLINSON were charged at the Ashton Police Court on Wednesday
with gaming. Their mothers appeared, and as this their
first offence they were only fined 5s.
Drunk. — At the Ashton
County Police Court on Wednesday, before Messrs J F BUCKLEY,
A B MOORES, and B C SELLARS, Andrew CHADDERTON was charged
with being drunk at Audenshaw. He did not appear. —
He was fined 2s 6d.
Riding Bicycle on Footpath. —
Henry DYER is not satisfied with the state of the roads
in Audenshaw, and therefore when riding in that district
the other day he rode on the footpath. For this offence
he was bailed before the county magistrates at Ashton
on Wednesday. His wife appeared, and he was fined 1s and
Dangerous to Cyclists. —
When the name Joseph SCHOFIELD was called in the Ashton
County Police Court on Wednesday there was no response.
It appears that on Saturday night a constable was on duty
in Audenshaw-road, when he saw defendant throw a glass
bottle into the road. In spite of the suspicion which
constables as a rule regard cyclists and motorists, he
did the charitable thing, and took the name and address
of the offender, and it will cost Joseph half a crown
for breaking that bottle.
Debating Society. — The above society held
its weekly meeting on Sunday evening, Mr James E REECE
occupying the chair. An address was delivered by the hon.
sec. On “Tory promises and their performances,”
with special reference to the Tory programme of 1895.
Good humour was evoked in reference to the promise “to
give local authorities control over the liquor traffic
in regard to Sunday closing,” also in regard to
the promises to continue a policy of peace; to reduce
taxation, expenditure and debt; to promote the national
prosperity, &c, the audience remembering the Tory
outcry in 1895 against the late Mr Gladstone on his excessive
war expenditure, to wit £20,000,000 — a mere
fleabite compared with the South African muddle and mess,
costing over £200,000,000, with its terrible British
life loss and the loss to our commerce. The audience appreciated
each point made. Discussion ensued. Members and friends