18 July 1903
UNDESIRABLE AT BLACKPOOL
The Chief Constable and Rescue Work
On Tuesday, at the Blackpool Police Court, a sharp exchange
took place between the Chief Constable (Mr John C DURHAM)
and Miss GARDNER, superintendent of the Blackpool Rescue
and Preventative Home. An Ashton weaver, named Polly MORRIS,
was fined 20s and costs, or in default 28 days’
hard labour, for soliciting.
The Chief Constable hoped the
Bench would put their foot down and rid the town of women
of this class. If he had anything to do with it he would
sweep them into the sea. It was no good sending them into
homes, for they would not stay more than a couple of days.
Miss GARDNER: It appears to
be quite useless my attending the court. – The Chief
Constable: Of course it is. You should rescue them before
they come here. Miss GARDNER was proceeding to make a
further observation, when the Chief Constable sharply
remarked: “Will you sit down, madam, and behave
Miss GARDNER, with a look of
indignation, rose from her seat and left the court.
FORGERY CASE AT ASHTON
Advice from the Bench
Honesty Recommended to a Young Clerk
A smart-looking, well-dressed youth of 19, named Rowland
OGDEN, a clerk, was indicted at Manchester Assizes, on
Friday of last week, for having committed certain frauds
on the Limehurst Urban District Council at Ashton-under-Lyne,
and also for attempting to obtain certain money of the
Star Investment Company from Joseph WOOD by means of a
forged letter. Mr OVEREND EVANS prosecuted and Mr GIBBONS
Mr John TAYLOR, solicitor,
said the prisoner entered his service as clerk in July
1899. He gave details as to having obtained a judgment
against Mr Joseph WOOD on behalf of the Star Investment
Company, and said there had been an arrangement arrived
at under which the amount due from Mr WOOD could be paid
by installments. Witness said prisoner had no authority
to write a letter to Mr WOOD signing witness’s name,
which however he did. In cross-examination, witness said
prisoner was the only clerk he had. His salary was 10s
Witness said he did not keep
any books. He had never had a cash book or a ledger. He
had been too busy to keep books. He had, however, an account
book, which he produced, containing particulars of all
debts which he had instructions to recover, and entries
of all moneys received by him on account of these debts.
The jury found the prisoner
not guilty with respect to the money alleged to have been
obtained for the Star Investment Company; in regard to
the charge of falsifying a wage-book of the Limehurst
Rural District Council, which was in John TAYLOR’s
possession, they returned a verdict of “guilty.”
The judge remarked that the
first case was as plain as a pike-staff, but the jury
had elected to find a verdict of not guilty. However,
they had rightly convicted in the second case. Addressing
the prisoner, he said he did not want to send a youth
like him to gaol. Speaking as an old man, he could assure
prisoner that if he kept honest he would be sure to get
on, but if he did not he would come to grief. He did not
think he should have been placed in so responsible a position
at his age, and he considered that he was not adequately
remunerated for the duties he had to fulfill. He ordered
prisoner to enter into his recognisances to come up for
judgment when called on.
TECHNICAL SCHOOL AND SCHOOL OF ART
Society of Arts Examinations 1903
Bookkeeping (Senior). – James R BALLEY, George BARBER,
Harry BLYTH, G H BRADBURY, Squire CARTER, Tom COURTMAN,
Edith A FLETCHER, Frank GREEN, Wm Henry HARROP, William
S HAYES, Herbert HINDLEY, Alfred E KELLETT, Thomas C MOORHOUSE,
Harry TRAVIS, William WATERWORTH, John N WILDE, Henry
Rudiments of Music. –
John A BROADBENT, Nellie BROOKE, William CHARLESWORTH,
Harold GRIMSHAW, Hugh MARNER, Joseph E OWEN, Annie PENDLEBURY,
Ernest E SYKES, Frances H WESTON.
Harmony. – Eleanor BAINBRIDGE,
John A BROADBENT, William HASLAM, Edward N SCHOFIELD,
George H SHAW, Ernest SYKES.
Shorthand. – James R
BAILEY, Stanley BRIESDEN, William H CLARKE, Joseph HALLSWORTH,
Geo William HANDFORTH, Harry HARGREAVES, Herbert HINDLEY,
Alice HOLMES, Ella MARCHANT, John Henry MEE, Percy NADIN,
AN ABSENTEE. – A charge of drunk
and disorderly conduct at Bardsley was preferred against
Herbert ROBINS at the Ashton County Court on Wednesday.
Defendant did not appear, and Constable NEWTON said that
when he went with the summons defendant’s mother
said he had gone away. – The Magistrates did not
proceed with the case.
A COWARDLY ACT.
– James and Annie CAMPBELL and Annie WILLMORE were
before the Ashton county justices on Wednesday charged
with committing a breach of the peace at Waterloo on June
27th. – Defendants CAMPBELL pleaded guilty, and
WILLMORE not guilty. – Evidence was given as to
the defendants creating a disturbance and causing a crowd
of people to assemble in Burton-street.
Defendant WILLMORE alleged
that James CAMPBELL struck a young woman in the face,
and she fell, and witness took her in her arms. He called
her (WILLMORE) a foul name, and told her to fetch her
bald-headed old husband out. – Maggie THORNLEY deposed
to the male defendant striking her in the face. –
CAMPBELL said he only hit the woman with the flat of his
hand. – The magistrates dismissed WILLMORE, and
bound the CAMPBELLs over in 40s to keep the peace for
TRIP TO BOLLINGTON.
– On Tuesday the customers and friends of Mr J JONES,
grocer, Waterloo, held their sixth annual picnic, Bollington
and Dunham Massey being the chosen rendezvous this year.
Eleven o’clock was the time fixed for starting when
about one hundred assembled. The conveyances were supplied
by Mr S MILLWARD, and were drawn by fourteen splendid
Arriving in due course at the
George and Dragon Hotel, Cheadle, lunch was partaken of.
The run was then continued through Baguley to the Swan
Hotel, Bollington, where a splendid tea was provided,
after which some enjoyed a walk in Dunham Park, others
rambled in the meadows, whilst the children amused themselves
on the swings.
There was also a bowling match,
married v. single, the latter proving the better trundlers.
At 7.15 the bugle called the ramblers together, and as
the weather had not proved very favourable, it was decided
to take the shortest way home, which was reached at eleven
o’clock, everybody expressing themselves delighted
with their visit, hoping that it would be the same place
again when the weather may prove more favourable.
IN THE CHIP POTATO TRADE IN ASHTON AND DISTRICT
A deadlock appears to exist at the present time in connection
with the chip-potato trade in Ashton and district. A meeting
of some 70 or 80 chip-potato dealers, including a few
from Stalybride and Denton, was held at the Brunswick
Hotel, Ashton, on Monday night, when a previous decision
to close the shops for the sale of chip potatoes until
to-night (Saturday) was ratified, and it was resolved
to hold a further meeting at the same place next Monday
night to reconsider the situation.
During the past week handbills
have been freely circulated by the Potato and Fish Fryers’
Union calling upon the general public to support them
by refraining from buying chip potatoes, and that it is
impossible with the ruling prices of potatoes to sell
chips at a profit. The closing of the shops, the bill
states, has already brought down the price of potatoes
to the ordinary customer.
“This fact,” the
bill goes on to say, “speaks for itself, and we
appeal to the public to refrain from buying chips until
the price of potatoes enables us to re-open our shops.
In asking you to support us, ladies and gentlemen, we
are asking you to support trade union principles. Our
union has only been recently formed, and already consists
of over seventy members. We cannot afford to sell “chips”
at a loss, and at the present rates it is impossible to
sell them at a profit.”
On account of the “difficulty”
the rather novel spectacle has been presented of several
shops being closed during the week, the proprietors taking
advantage of the situation by putting up their shutters
and hieing to a seaside resort for their summer holidays.
They seem desirous of leaving the course clear for those
who have gone into selling “spare-ribs with cabbage
and haricot beans.”
The president of the union,
Mr J HARROP, chip potato dealer, Oldham-road, Ashton,
said that when the shops closed the price which they were
paying for potatoes was £1 a load (252lbs) for what
were known as “Yorkshire warps” or “giant
warps,” mostly used by chippers. Now they were at
a reasonable price, between 10s and 12s a load. He did
not think shopkeepers would grumble at that figure.
At the same time last year
the price was 6s and 7s a load. When the price was over
12s there was not sufficient margin of profit to make
a living without reducing the quantity of chips supplied
to the customers, which was already low enough. No doubt
the frost and rain some six weeks back had something to
do with increased prices. The primary cause, it had been
stated, was the operations of the middlemen, and it was
to put a spoke in their wheel that “chippers”
had adopted the present attitude, and formed a union.
Stocks of potatoes were said
to have been allowed to accumulate by the middlemen in
view of the rise in prices. Since the resolution to stop
selling, about half-a-dozen dissentients, residing in
Hurst, had re-opened their shops on account of scruples
with regard to their custom being diverted. The consumption
of potatoes is lessened to the extent of over 30 tons
per week in Ashton alone by the action of the shopkeepers,
of whom there are about 100.
A large potato merchant in
Ashton stated that yesterday (Friday) morning both old
and new potatoes were quoted on the Manchester Market
at 13s to 14s a load. It was not the action of the chip
potato dealers, he said, that had brought down the price,
but the large arrival of new potatoes on the market. Recently,
when old potatoes were quoted at 18s a load, new potatoes
were as dear as 30s to £2 a load.
He had paid higher prices to
farmers this year than ever. Farmers had kept large stocks
of potatoes in the “hogs” since October in
the expectation of a rise in prices. It was not due to
the middlemen altogether. There had been more potatoes
in the hands of farmers and less in the middlemen’s
hands than had been the case for years. Had the chip potato
dealers waited a little the fall in prices would have
taken place naturally. It was a question now of turning
trade elsewhere, because farmers, in view of what had
taken place, would probably dispose of stocks sooner,
and there would be a scarcity next spring.
HILL AND AUDENSHAW
DRUNK. – Edwin DALE pleaded guilty
at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, to being
drunk at Audenshaw on June 27th, and was fined 2s 6d for
NO NAME ON VEHICLE.
– George JOHNSON pleaded guilty on Wednesday to
having no name on his vehicle at Audenshaw on June 30th,
and said some boys took the name-plate off unknown to
the carter. – Fined 5s.
– Harry MASON and Thomas LLOYD pleaded not guilty
to a charge of using obscene language at Audenshaw on
June 28th. – Evidence was given to show that on
the Sunday in question, at 11.5pm, the two defendants
were making use of bad language in Audenshaw-road. –
The magistrates fined the defendants each 5s.
RE-OPENING OF ST STEPHEN’S
AUDENSHAW. – On Sunday, after being closed
for a month for the purpose of being beautified and decorated,
the re-opening of the above church took place. The preachers
were the Rev F H BURROWS and Canon ROWNTREE, M.A. The
choir was augmented by the addition of the branch choir.
The collection realised £16 3s, which almost covers
the debt incurred, but there is yet a tablet to be erected
to the memory of the late Rev Mr BALKELEY. The services
during the last month have been held in the schoolroom.
AT PARK PARADE STATION, ASHTON
Porter Knocked Down and Run Over
A sad accident occurred at Park Parade Goods Station,
Great Central Railway Co, on Tuesday about 12.30 noon.
Shunting operations were proceeding in what is known as
the “cutting,” when by some means a passenger
porter named Joseph JACKSON, residing at No 3 Hall-street,
Ashton, got caught by the wheels of a coal wagon, which
passed along one of his legs and over the arm, inflicting
serious injuries. The calf of the left leg was almost
torn off, and the leg was badly crushed at the knee, whilst
the arm was fractured and crushed.
JACKSON was seen lying on his
back in the “four foot” by Wm MARSH, foreman
of the goods yard, who, being an ambulance man, proceeded
to render first aid. The station ambulance was requisitioned,
and the man was removed on to the station platform, and
a telephone communication despatched to the Town Hall
for the horse ambulance, in which he was conveyed to the
District Infirmary. One of the arteries appears to have
been severed, causing a considerable loss of blood. The
injuries, although very severe, will not, it is thought,
necessitate amputation of either of the limbs.
ON AN ASHTON ELECTRIC CAR
A Question of Responsibility
Frederick CHADWICK, an outside salesman in the employment
of the English Sewing Cotton Company, on Tuesday at the
Manchester Assizes sued the Ashton Corporation for damages
for an injury caused by a blow from an electric car trolley
wheel. Mr LANGDON appeared for the plaintiff and Mr Wingate
SAUL for the defendants.
Mr LANGDON said that on September
18 last, the plaintiff was riding on one of the Ashton
cars. The conductor, instead of being on the platform
holding the rope to prevent the trolley wheel leaving
the wire when passing the “frogs,” was inside
the car checking his tickets. The trolley-head, weighing
seven pounds, got jammed in an anchor wire, was torn off,
and falling, struck CHADWICK on the head. He had suffered
for some time from concussion of the brain. He now claimed
Plaintiff said he was riding
from Ashton to Hurst on September 18th last when he was
struck to the floor of the car by the falling of the trolley
wheel and badly injured, suffering from concussion of
the brain. He had a salary of £300 a year, and was
more or less incapacitated from September to December.
It was admitted the plaintiff lost no wages.
It was urged for the plaintiff
that the conductor should have had hold of the rope at
the place where the trolley wheel broke, and also that
the type of trolley head was a defective one. In support
of this latter contention a report of the manager was
put in, in which that official said, “the cause
of these three last accidents is the defective type of
For the defence, John BENNISON,
the conductor of the car, denied he was within the car
at the time. He was standing on the platform holding the
rope, though he had no need to do so as there was no crossing
and no frog. The manager said it was not necessary to
hold the rope at the place in question. The cars had only
been running a month, and the equipment and line had been
passed by the Board of Trade. There was a danger of these
trolley heads coming off, as they might catch at the frogs
Mr Justice INGHAM, in summing
up, said there was a natural tendency among juries to
take a favourable view of the plaintiff’s case where
the plaintiff had been hurt, but that wouldn’t do.
It was not right. Railway and tram companies and steamship
companies must take care to have proper apparatus so that
they might perform their contracts with safety; but when
he said “proper apparatus” he did not mean
the last new-fangled invention – not at all! If
they were required to adopt the last thing invented they
would be always chopping and changing. All they were required
to do was exercise reasonable care.
Every company which carried
passengers must have proper apparatus, but they were not
bound to have the best or newest type, though they must
be reasonably careful in the selection they make. The
question for the jury was; what could the defendants have
done in reason which would have prevented the accident?
The plaintiff must prove that he had suffered from the
specific negligence of the company or its officers.
The jury found a verdict for
the defendants, and his Lordship, expressing his satisfaction
at the conclusion they had come to, gave judgment for
the defendants with costs.
In the Manchester County Court on Monday, Judge PERRY
gave judgment in an action in which Thomas KNOWLES, a
cattle dealer, of Old Trafford, sued the Manchester Corporation
for damages for the loss of an ox which, while being driven
along a road under repair, had drunk from a barrel of
petroleum which the workmen were using, and died as a
result. His Honour said that to drink from an open barrel
was a natural thing for an ox to do, and this animal evidently
thought that the barrel by the roadside contained water.
Both the Corporation and the
owner of the ox were entitled to the general use of the
highway, but the Corporation had a duty imposed upon them
by their own local Act of 1844, which laid it down that
where building materials, rubbish, or other things were
laid in any street, there was a duty on persons so doing
to fence and enclose the materials. If the Corporation
required a person to fence rubbish and other things in
the highway, might it not be suggested that they should
set an example by maintaining at least as high a standard
of conduct towards the public as they expect from the
The public had a right
to insist to insist upon Corporations carrying out the
spirit of their own laws. Leaving an open barrel of petroleum
unguarded in the road was an offence against the Manchester
Corporation’s local Act of 1844, inasmuch as the
Act made it incumbent on a person that he should so use
his property that it should not be injurious to other
persons. He gave judgment for the plaintiff for £16
and costs, and allowed costs on the higher scale as he
considered the case of considerable importance to cattle