21 March 1903
OF MR GEO WILD, OF BARDSLEY
End of an Interesting Career
Amid many manifestations of sorrow and regret the mortal
remains of the late Mr George WILD, an old and respected
resident of Bardsley, whose death we announced last week,
were laid to rest in the parish churchyard at Bardsley
on Saturday afternoon.
It was a day of mourning in
the village. All the blinds of the houses were drawn in
the vicinity of Albert-terrace, the home of the deceased,
from which the funeral cortege wended its way to the parish
church shortly before three o’clock. Crowds of people
lined the roadway, their presence in such large number
being significant of the deep respect and reverence which
they entertained towards their old and esteemed parishioner,
who to many of them had been a source of inspiration and
learning, and an influence for higher and nobler motives,
as well as a generous helper in the application of his
In consequence of the home
of the deceased being in close proximity to the churchyard,
the funeral cortege traversed the intervening distance
on foot, the coffin being borne to its last resting place
by several trusty friends of the deceased. The Bardsley
Old Band, under the conductorship of Mr J HULME, headed
the procession and played the “Dead March”
and “Jesu lover of my soul” on the way to
It was a mournful spectacle,
on many faces being plainly visible indications of the
internal emotions, whilst expressions of regret were heard
on all hands. In addition to the immediate mourners, composed
of members of the family, there were present in the procession
many familiar faces, including Mr W CHADWICK, the well-known
chartist, of Gorton, whose presence was a testimony of
a lifelong friendship with the deceased.
On the occasion of the last
visit of the well-known chartist to the Bardsley Liberal
Club to deliver a lecture on “Church and State,”
his departed colleague acted as his chairman, and took
part with all his former ardour and enthusiasm in the
spirited debate which followed.
There were also present, amongst
others, Mr W L HANNAN, the well-known botanist; Mr George
LEES (chairman of the Bardsley Parish Council); and Mr
Joseph LEECH; also members of the Bardsley Parish Council,
Waterloo Parish Council, Bardsley Liberal and Conservative
Clubs, Bardsley Permanent Benefit Building Society, of
which deceased was president, Bardsley Cosmopolitan and
Botanical Society, and Order of Druids.
The scene inside the church
was solemn and impressive, and there was a large assemblage
inside the sacred edifice. The coffin, on which reposed
a goodly number of floral tributes, was borne reverently
along the nave and deposited in the chancel, and the last
offices of the Church were said by the Rev L ROBBS (vicar).
The final scene at the graveside was very touching. The
Bardsley Band played “Abide with me,” and
the whole assemblage of villagers and mourners joined
with much fervour in singing the hymn.
That has always been a stumbling block, – no one
in Ashton. People living in out-of-the-way places offered
their testimony, but it was of little value here because
it couldn’t be proved. But now all this has changed,
for scores of Ashton people, bred and born who have all
their lives in the town – people whose word is beyond
question – have freely given their testimony and
the confidence of Ashton firmly established. Here is a
case in point.
Mr Charles BUTTERWORTH is a
French polisher, and lives at 133 Church-street. He is
a native of Ashton, and very well-known. He has a great
deal of bending and stooping to do in his trade, and if
he has anything wrong with his back, it soon finds him
out. Here is what he says about it:
”For many years past
I have been a great sufferer from terrible backache caused
by my kidneys not working properly. The secretions were
high-coloured, and often painful, leaving a gritty deposit.
The pains have been so severe that many a time they have
knocked me up altogether, and I have had to lay off work
in consequence. I tried all sorts of things, but they
did me no good.
”I happened to see the
advertisement of Doan’s Backache Kidney Pills in
the paper, so I got some at THOMPSON’s and began
to take them. They certainly are a grand medicine, for
they have done me a lot of good. My back is much better
since taking them, and the kidneys act freely and naturally.
I gladly testify to their merit as a kidney medicine.
(Signed), Charles BUTTERWORTH.
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INDEPENDENT LABOUR PARTY
Lecture by Mr Phillip Snowden
On Monday evening Mr Phillip SNOWDEN delivered an address
in the Cooperative Hall, Portland-street, Ashton, on “What
is the use of politics?” The proceedings were under
the auspices of the Independent Labour party of the town.
The hall was filled by an audience composed almost exclusively
of men. Socialist literature was sold among the people
present while the meeting was assembling. The admission
was free, but there was a collection to defray expenses,
and Socialist melodies, sung by the audience to pianoforte
and violin accompaniments, formed part of the proceedings.
The first hymn was styled “England, arise.”
The Chairman (Councillor R
A BARRETT), in opening the proceedings, said this was
the first of that class of meetings which at one time
were very common amongst them. He was sorry that Mr SNOWDEN’s
lecture would be the only one of the kind that had been
given in Ashton this winter. It was intended that it should
have been the second, but one partly arranged for their
old friend and comrade, Enid STACEY, had fallen through.
He felt it as a kind of personal
reproach that there had not been more such meetings, because
he considered that when any number of men had had some
great truth made clear to them it became their duty to
do all they possibly could to proclaim it to others. In
this respect he was afraid they had done less than their
duty in this town. He hoped this lecture would mark the
return to a more determined effort on their part. He granted
there were other forces at work making for the accomplishments
of their ideals. Economic forces were slowly, persistently,
and surely bringing this about, but that did not free
them the duty to the best of their ability to bring the
ideals of Socialism to the minds of their fellow countrymen
Mr Phillip SNOWDEN, in the
course of his lecture, said that 60 years ago Ashton was
seething with political discontent. There was no town
in England had a more honourable record. At that time
the working classes in Ashton, as in every part of the
country, were demanding political enfranchisement. The
Chartist leaders manifested a very wise statesmanship
in their days in concentrating their efforts in securing
democratic political machinery.
LICENSE OF THE ODDFELLOWS ARMS. –
An application was made at the Ashton County Police Court,
on Wednesday, by Thomas Richard SHARP, for the transfer
of the license of the Oddfellows Arms, Hurst, from Jas.
Thomas CLIFFE to himself. There was no objection and the
application was granted.
HELPLESSLY DRUNK. –
Bridget BRENNAND and George HOWARD were charged at the
Ashton County Police Court on Monday with being drunk
at Hurst on Sunday. – Both defendants pleaded not
guilty. – Evidence was given by a constable of finding
the two defendants helplessly drunk. – The magistrates
discharged BRENNAND and fined HOWARD 5s 6d for costs,
or seven days’ imprisonment.
AS MYSTERIOUS AS THE
ELLISON-STREET GHOST. – The whereabouts
of a defendant named William CLOUGH, who failed to appear
to answer a charge of being drunk in Union-road, Hurst,
on March 1st, puzzled the Ashton County Justices somewhat
on Wednesday. Defendant sent a man to represent him, whose
name did not transpire. He told the magistrates that the
defendant was on business. – The chairman (Dr HUGHES):
What is his business? I cannot tell. – Do you mean
working? (No answer). – The Magistrates’ Clerk
(Mr C H BOOTH): What does he do? He used to be a twister.
– Is he “twisting” today? – (Laughter.)
You must know something about him? I cannot tell where
he has gone. – The chairman: What are you here for?
To plead guilty. – The Magistrates fined defendant
2s 6d for costs.
– In connection with the Primitive Methodist
Sunday School, Whitworth-street, a bachelors’ party
was held on Saturday last when upward of 70 sat down to
tea, prepared solely by the bachelors. A great deal of
amusement was caused by the various rules in force against
the ladies. After tea a miscellaneous entertainment was
given, presided over by the Rev W S HOWLETT, circuit minister.
During the evening Miss BLAGG sang very sweetly, “The
child and the star,” and “Daddy.” Mr
O WOOD sang in his usual manner “Queen of angels”
and “Eileen alanna.” The violinist, Mr G MOTTRAM,
played “The last rose of summer” among other
selections, and Miss KNIGHT, of the Charlestown Recital
Class, gave “Lost in a fog” and “Th’
owd bonnet,” her rendering of which the audience
encored, when she recited “Betsy and I.” Mr
TAYLOR also recited “Buy your own cherries,”
which was also encored. Votes of thanks to all who helped
to make the party a success closed a most enjoyable evening.
RUN OVER AT ASHTON
The unfortunate occurrence in Welbeck-street, Ashton,
about 1.50pm on Monday week, in which a carter named Thomas
WORSLEY was run over by a lurry load of hay and chop,
has resulted fatally. WORSLEY was in a state of collapse
on being admitted to the District Infirmary, and in spite
of medical skill and attention he succumbed to his injuries
at ten minutes past two on the Wednesday morning following.
On Friday afternoon Mr J F PRICE, county coroner, held
an inquest on the body at the District Infirmary, Mr Edwin
DIGGLE being foreman of the jury.
Ellen WORSLEY, wife of deceased,
said she resided with deceased at 18 Hayfield-street,
Portwood, Stockport, he being a carter in the employ of
Messrs DEAVILLE Bros, corn and flour merchants, King-street,
Portwood. Deceased was 30 years of age last birthday,
and had worked for the same firm four years. He was accustomed
She last saw him alive at 5.30
on Monday morning last when he left home to go to his
work. Later on in the day word was brought to the mill
where she worked that her husband had been hurt. She came
to Ashton Infirmary, and there saw deceased in bed. He
was quite conscious, but being in pain he asked her not
to question him.
Thomas WHITWORTH, grocer, of
117 Welbeck-street, deposed that on Monday last at two
pm he was standing at his shop door, when he saw a lurry
to which one horse was attached going in the direction
of Katherine-street. The lurry was laden with corn in
sacks and hay. Witness did not see deceased sitting on
the front of the lurry, but just as he looked out he saw
the carter topple over face downwards on the left side
of the roadway. Both the near side wheels passed over
Witness ran to his assistance,
and finding he was badly hurt he ran for a doctor. Drs
HILTON and TALENT came shortly afterwards, and after rendering
first aid they despatched the injured man to the Infirmary.
Witness could not say whether the horse was running at
the time, but it was pulled up in under 40 yards. He had
not the slightest idea what caused WORSLEY to fall. There
was no electric car about, and nothing that witness saw
in the street could have frightened the horse. The street
was in bad condition, being full of ruts.
Mr Joseph M JUDSON, resident
medical officer at the Infirmary, said WORSLEY was admitted
into the institution on Monday afternoon suffering from
a compound fracture of the right leg, fracture of the
left hip bone, and severe contusion of the organs of the
abdomen. He was quite conscious and perfectly sober. Deceased
rallied slightly from the shock, and then went gradually
worse, death taking place at 2pm next day as the result
of shock arising from abdominal injuries. Deceased told
witness he had been run over, but he never explained how
it came about. Had anyone been to blame deceased might
easily have told witness.
Mr Thos DEAVILLE, who represented
the firm which employed deceased, said that WORSLEY was
a reliable workman. He left the works about 9.30 on Monday
The Coroner said there was
no other evidence. It really looked as though WORSLEY
was thrown off his cart through the ruts, but there was
no evidence to prove that.
A Juror commented upon the
bad condition of the street, and said it was possible
for more accidents to occur there unless something was
done. – Another Juror said it was possible deceased
was having a “nod” at the time he was thrown
off. – The firm’s representative, in answer
to a question, said the horse WORSLEY was driving was
very quiet. A verdict of “Accidental death”
FATALLY SCALDED AT ASHTON
Information was received at the Ashton Police Station
of the death of Harold FELL, infant son of Florence FELL,
charwoman, 30 Gosford-street, Ashton, which took place
at Ashton District Infirmary about 7 o’clock on
On Sunday the mother went out
charring at the Star Inn, leaving the child in the house
in charge of his grandfather. According to the latter’s
statement, he had undressed the child for the purpose
of giving him a bath. The child was walking across the
hearth when he stumbled over an obstacle and fell into
a pan of boiling water, which had been placed by the grandfather
on the hearth, receiving scalds all over the body. Dr
WALLACE was called in and attended to the injuries, and
ordered the child’s removal to the Infirmary, where
death took place as aforestated.
The inquest was held on Thursday
afternoon at the District Infirmary. Florence FELL, mother
of the deceased, said she was a charwoman at the Star
Inn, Old-street. On Sunday she left home at seven o’clock
in the morning to go to the Star Inn, leaving the child
at home in charge of her father. About noon she heard
the child had been scalded, and on returning home she
found Dr WALLACE there applying linseed oil and limewater
to the scalds. Witness wrapped the child in a shawl, and
at once took him to the infirmary in a cab.
William FELL, brass finisher,
30 Gosford-street, said deceased was his grandson. On
Sunday he was in charge of the child. About 11.40 witness
had almost undressed the child prior to giving him a bath,
and placed him on the sofa whilst getting the water ready.
He took a pan of boiling water off the fire, and went
into the back kitchen for some more water. A son of witness
lifted deceased off the sofa during his absence, and on
returning to the house he heard a scream, and on looking
round saw deceased had fallen into the pan. Witness lifted
the child out of the pan, and witness went for linseed
oil and limewater and sent for Dr WALLACE.
Dr JUDSON said deceased was
admitted on the 15th, suffering from extensive scalds
on the abdomen, chest and the left arm. The child was
in a state of extreme shock. He was placed under treatment,
but never recovered from the shock, from which he died
on Monday at 7pm. There was no appearance of neglect whatever.
– The jury returned a verdict of “Accidental
Successor to Mr G Lunt
On Friday afternoon the Stamford Park Committee of Ashton
and Stalybridge met at Highfield House to fill the vacancy
of superintendent created by the death of Mr George LUNT.
There were present representing Ashton, Alderman A W SIDDALL
(chairman), Councillors John WILSON (Delamere-street),
John WHITEHEAD, J J PHILLIPS, and Captain BROADBENT; Stalybridge:
Alderman FENTON, Alderman A SIMPSON, Councillor G HOLLAND,
Councillor Adam KEEFE, and Mr John NEAL, secretary.
There were originally 61 applicants
from all parts of the country, but at a preliminary meeting
these were reduced to five, who had had to have a personal
audience with the committee. These were the superintendent
of the parks at St Helens, Swinton, Hollinwood, Dukinfield,
and the gardener at Stamford Park.
At the close of the interviews,
Mr Samuel TURNER, superintendent of the Dukinfield Park,
was called into the room and informed by the chairman
that the committee had unanimously decided to confer the
appointment upon him at a commencing salary of £130
per annum. Mr TURNER returned his warmest thanks, and
assured the committee he should make it his constant endeavour
to serve the committee at all times faithfully and well.
The new superintendent is a
native of Mossley, where he saw the light some 34 years
ago. He comes from a family of gardeners, his father at
the present time being head gardener at the Mossley Corporation
Park. Ever since he was able to work he has cultivated
the soil and brought forth its beauties in horticulture
and botanic specimens. Prior to his appointment at Dukinfield
some two years ago, he was employed as head gardener at
W H SCOTT, Esq, shipowner, Newcastle-on-Tyne.
For several years he served
the Mossley Corporation as foreman of their public park.
He has also been foreman of the glass department at the
Royal Botanical Gardens, Manchester, and has worked in
the establishment of Messrs SANDER, St Albans. For two
years he was employed in the Royal Gardens, Kew. He posses
all the certificates granted by the Government relating
HILL & AUDENSHAW
HORSE STRAYING. – Thomas DAVENPORT
pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
on a charge of allowing a horse to stray at Audenshaw,
and was fined 5s for costs.
DOG WITHOUT LICENSE.
– George WORSLEY pleaded guilty to having
a dog without license at Audenshaw on February 25th, and
was fined 5s 6d and costs.
FAILED TO APPEAR. –
John HADFIELD failed to appear at the Ashton County Police
Court on Wednesday to answer a charge of drunk and disorderly
at Audenshaw on February 20th, and was fined 2s 6d and
BREACH OF THE PEACE.
– Sarah TEALE pleaded guilty at the Ashton
County Court on Wednesday to committing a breach of the
peace at Audenshaw on February 22nd, and was bound over
in 40s to be of good behaviour for three months.
CELEBRATING ST PATRICK’S
DAY. – Eliza CHADDERTON was in custody
on Wednesday, charged with being drunk at Audenshaw on
St Patrick’s Day. – Defendant pleaded not
guilty, and said she simply went into a public house and
asked for a gill of beer, and was told to get outside
as she could not be served. A policeman was just passing,
and he looked her up. – A constable deposed to seeing
defendant drunk, going about asking for beer at different
public houses. – Superintendent HEWITT pointed out
to the magistrates that defendant only came out of prison
on February 24th. – The magistrates imposed a fine
of 7s 6d and costs, or 14 days.
A BILLIARD BALL FROM WATERLOO LIBERAL CLUB
”A Common Practice in the District”
A respectably dressed young man, named Reginald JONES,
was in custody at the Ashton County Police Court on Wednesday,
charged with stealing a billiard ball from the Waterloo
Liberal Club on March 10th. Mr A LEES appeared on behalf
of the prisoner, who pleaded not guilty.
Superintendent HEWITT said
that on the date in question the wife of the caretaker
of the club went into the billiard room and found the
prisoner there. Prisoner travelled about dealing in billiard
accessories without any license. Soon after he left the
club the billiard ball was missed. In consequence of something
that came to his knowledge, the caretaker went to a public
house in Ashton and found prisoner there offering billiard
balls for sale.
He recognized the missing ball,
and asked the prisoner where he had got it from. He replied
that he had bought it from the landlord of the Boat-house
Inn, Romiley. The caretaker offered to pay his expenses
there to prove it, to which prisoner replied, “Oh!
Can’t we settle it?” The caretaker told him
he could not settle it, and that he had better see the
Club Committee. They went and subsequently saw the members
of the Club Committee, and the prisoner admitted to them
that he had taken the ball, and asked them if he could
settle it. The committee refused, and sent for a policeman
and gave him into custody.
Elizabeth SEFTON, wife of the
caretaker, gave corroborative evidence, and said that
the prisoner came into the club about four o’clock
in the afternoon, and asked if they required any requisites
for the billiard table. He left the club and subsequently
the billiard ball was missed.
John SEFTON, caretaker of the
club, deposed to going to the Old Dog Inn, Ashton, and
finding the prisoner there. He had just played a game
of billiards, and was trying to sell the landlord something.
He had a billiard ball in a bag which witness recognized
as the missing one. The landlord told prisoner to take
his “hook.” Prisoner had left an old cracked
billiard ball in place of the missing one. On his way
to the club to see the committee, he asked witness to
settle the matter, as he had a wife and children.
By Mr LEES: It was possible
for the prisoner to have taken the cracked ball out of
his pocket and send it spinning round the table and pick
up the wrong ball by mistake. The prisoner was a traveler
for a billiard maker, and dealt in billiard accessories.
He went into the club to do business, and found a small
boy in charge. He picked up a small red billiard ball
out of his pocket, and sent it spinning round the table
at another red ball. He heard someone coming which he
thought was the steward, and hurriedly he picked up one
of the balls, which turned out to be the wrong one
The ball which he left was,
as a matter of fact, of greater value than the one taken.
He discovered the mistake later on in the evening, and
it was his intention to call next day and explain the
mistake. He went to the Old Dog Inn, and tried to do some
business there, and not knowing the steward when he came
in, he did not deem it necessary to give a sufficient
explanation to him.
The Magistrates’ Clerk
(Mr C H BOOTH): Would it not have been more natural to
have said that he had found out he had made a mistake?
– The Chairman (Dr HUGHES): I do not think that
a man dealing in billiard balls could possibly have made
such a mistake. – Mr LEES: Not even when picking
up hurriedly? – Dr HUGHES: No. – The Clerk:
The veriest amateur at billiards would not have made such
a mistake. There is a difference in size.
Mr LEES: The difference is
perceptible when you see them together. He had no necessity
to do this for the purpose of making anything. He is in
receipt of a salary which will keep him. – Superintendent
HEWITT said that about 10 years ago prisoner was committed
for a month with hard labour for stealing a bicycle.
The Chairman said the bench
had been informed that this was common practice in the
district, and billiard balls had been missed from several
clubs and other places. The magistrates fined prisoner
21s, or one month’s imprisonment.
ASSAULT AT DUKINFIELD
Striking a Wife with a Hammer
At a special police court at Dukinfield yesterday, before
Alderman C H BOOTH and Mr W UNDERWOOD, a man named William
Henry BARDSLEY, greengrocer, was placed in the dock charged
with unlawfully wounding his wife on the 19th instant.
Bertha BARDSLEY said: I am
17 years of age. The prisoner is my father. Yesterday
at about five o’clock, my father and mother were
falling out. Mother was standing at the back door, when
I saw my father hit her on the head with a hammer three
times, and say, “Take that.” Mother screamed
and ran down the entry into a house opposite. She was
bleeding from the head, and I sent for a doctor.
The Chairman: Was he sober?
– Witness: No, he had some drink, but he was not
sober or drunk. – After he struck your mother, did
she become unconscious? No; she ran down the entry, and
would have fallen if a young man had not got hold of her.
– The Chairman: Have you any questions to ask the
witness? – Prisoner: She hit me twice in the face.
– The Chairman: The police are asking for a remand
and perhaps it would be as well to wait. Superintendent
CROGHAN: Is this the hammer? – Witness: Yes. –
Prisoner: It was excitement in drink. – The Chairman:
You will be remanded until Thursday at Hyde.
stated that about 6pm, from information received, he went
to 18 Birch-lane, and found that Alice Ann BARDSLEY was
injured. He apprehended the prisoner in Tame Valley at
6.30, and took him to the police station. He charged him
this (Friday) morning with unlawfully wounding his wife
by hitting her on the head with a hammer with intent to
do her grievous bodily harm. He cautioned prisoner, and
he replied, “The bother at home started it. It is
not nice to have the children throwing things at you and
hitting you in the face.”