26 September 1903
DODGING THE LANDLADY
An Untruthful Lodger
Judge BRADBURY marked his sense of the behaviour of a
young man named Lewis BUCKLEY, of Dean-terrace, Parkbridge,
who came before him at the Oldham County Court on Thursday
as defendant to a suit brought by two elderly maiden ladies
named COVERLEY, of 66 Chelmsford-street, Oldham. Mr HOLROYD
appeared for the Misses COVERLEY, and Mr SIXSMITH was
for the defendant.
The suit was for £15 12s for board
and lodgings, 10s for money lent, and £15 8d for
goods supplied. According to the story of the two ladies
the defendant had been a lodger with them for about 2½
years. He was employed by the Anchor Spinning Company,
but in November last he was discharged from that employment,
and was for a long time out of work.
The plaintiffs allowed him to continue to
lodge with them up to May last, with an interval when
he went to his mother’s house at Blackpool, and
during all that time he was allowed to board and lodge
on credit. He promised to pay up when he got work, and
he went out frequently saying that he was going to look
The plaintiffs several times asked him for
some money, as they were quite dependent upon the earnings
of their lodging house keeping, but though he told them
that he had £100 in the bank they never got anything.
They lent him 2s 6d on one occasion for pocket money,
and 7s 6d on another occasion to go to Blackpool, and
they also bought material and made him shirts and other
garments in preparation for his marriage. He told them
that he had got a situation at Burnley at £5 a week
for which it was necessary that he should be married.
The defendant went into the witness box
and told a very different tale. He said that although
he was out of work he had £30 saved and he paid
his way regularly every week. He denied ever having borrowed
any money from the plaintiffs or having promised a cheque,
or that he told them he had £100 in the bank. He
swore that he had paid his lodgings every week up to the
time of his leaving.
The Judge closely cross-examined the defendant,
and had occasion to reprimand him for fencing with the
questions — repeating the question instead of answering
it, a trick which always arouses Judge BRADBURY’s
distrust of a witness. After the Judge had concluded his
questions he remarked sternly to the defendant: I don’t
believe a word you say. I shall give judgment for the
full amount claimed, £16 17s 8d, with an order for
immediate execution, with costs.
A murmur of applause ran around the crowded
courtroom on the Judge giving this decision. Very great
interest was taken in this case by visitors from Park
Bridge and neighbourhood. And the decision of the Judge
was generally endorsed.
THE ASHTON ELECTRIC
Negotiations with Stalybridge
The Ashton and Stalybridge electric tramways authorities
are, it is stated, to smoke the friendly calumet together
(peace pipe — Ed), and if possible to come to some
amicable arrangement with regard to temporary through-running
The recent letter sent from Ashton to the
Stalybridge Joint Electric Tramways Board, containing
an offer of £7 a week for Ashton to run through
cars, and take the receipts, has been replied to, and
Stalybridge do not see their way to accept it, but alternative
proposals are made as a basis of settlement, and a meeting
of the two authorities is arranged to take place before
the next meeting of the Ashton Tramways Committee, which
is on Tuesday night.
The connections between the Ashton and Stalybridge
systems were made at Cockbrook, on Wednesday, when an
ingenious system of insulation was introduced by the tramways
manager (Mr COVENEY), and a feeder cable will be provided
for supplying the current to Stalybridge.
Such progress has been made with the overhead
equipment in the borough that it is expected to be completed
by Tuesday or Wednesday next, in which event the cars
will be ready for running immediately the Government inspector,
in response to the communication sent to him, is in a
position to visit Ashton and inspect and pass the undertaking.
AFFAIRS OF AN ASHTON
At the Ashton County Court on Thursday, before his Honour
Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., an application was made by
Mr C J DIBB (official receiver) to commit Mr J HALL, veterinary
surgeon, of Ashton, for contempt of court in not having
complied with the provisions of the Bankruptcy Act.
Mr DIBB said the receiving order and the
adjudication dated so far back as the 30th of June last
year, and the bankrupt had up to the present moment failed
to account for all the book debts which were due. Bankrupt
had written a letter dated the previous day, stating that
he found it impossible to finish his accounts for the
morrow, and that he had about 20 more accounts to make
In a few days or a week the letter stated
the bankrupt would be able to place all the accounts in
the Official Receiver’s hands. He (Mr DIBB) had
received a large number of similar letters from the bankrupt,
stating definitely that the accounts would be in by certain
dates, and he had made promises to the Registrar.
What he would suggest to his Honour was
that there should be an order for commitment, and that
it should not be put in force for a fortnight, and that
if in the meantime bankrupt did the needful and made an
affidavit that he had handed to him the whole of the accounts,
he would not press the matter. Mr Hall: I can, sir.
Mr DIBB said that since the notice of the
application he had received from bankrupt 13 more accounts,
from which he hoped to recover about £50 or £60.
— His Honour: I am glad to hear that you have had
13 more accounts handed to you.
Mr DIBB: In justice to him the accounts
have been beautifully prepared, and while he estimated
that only £100 would be recovered from the debts,
I have already recovered £450, so it has been worth
waiting for from the creditors’ point of view. At
the same time, I am losing debts through the statute of
limitations. — His Honour: Mind you attend to the
matter, otherwise you will be taken away. The application
A QUESTION OF OWNERSHIP
Interpleader Claim at Ashton
At the Ashton County Court on Thursday, his Honour Judge
Reginald BROWN, K.C., had before him an interpleader claim
remitted from the High Court of Justice. This was a claim
to the ownership of certain pigs. The execution creditor
was Mrs Mary CRABTREE (widow), who was represented by
Mr Joseph HURST (solicitor), and the claimant of the pigs,
Moses BERRY, was represented by Mr W T HARRIS.
It appears that Mrs CRABTREE had obtained
a judgment in the High Court for over £30 against
Mr H NUTT and Mrs Hannah WOOD, and that an execution had
been levied upon Mrs Hannah WOOD’s premises in Dukinfield.
Amongst the effects seized by the Sheriff’s officer
were several pigs, three of which had been claimed by
a Mrs PRATT, sister-in-law of Mrs WOOD, and a sow and
four young pigs were claimed by Moses BERRY.
The claim of Mrs PRATT had been disposed
of in the High Court, but that of Moses BERRY came on
for trial. Evidence was given by BERRY in support of his
having purchased two lots of pigs from Mrs WOOD on the
19th June, and of his having left one sow in the possession
of Mrs WOOD who was to keep it for him until it farrowed.
He and his witnesses were closely examined
by Mr HURST as to the peculiar circumstances connected
with the purchase and the removal of the pigs and also
the mode in which the permits for the removal of the pigs
to an address at Droylsden had been obtained, and also
with regard to the efforts to have the second sow removed
after the seizure by the Sheriff’s officer.
In the end his Honour thought that BERRY
had proved his claim to the sow and four young pigs, and
gave him a verdict with costs.
DEATH OF A STALYBRIDGE
MAN IN AMERICA
Ezekiel BROWN, aged 68 years, has just died at the home
of his daughter, Mrs George BRONSON, of bronchitis and
diabetes. The deceased moved to Beacon Falls with his
family 30 years ago. After a few years he purchased a
house of Joseph T BOND and remodelled it, with additions,
and lived in the house known as High Rock House for 22
Mrs BROWN purchased the house of Jerome
MUNSON three years ago, and presented the house and land
to her daughter, Mrs George BRONSON, who has rented it
to Mrs BOCART.
During the 22 years as proprietor of the
High Rock House, Mr BROWN’s health began gradually
to fail until he was unable to attend to his business,
consequently on the 16th of last December Victor LINGENHELD
rented the place, and Mr and Mrs BROWN rented a house
of C B CLARK.
The funeral services were held at the home
of his daughter, Mrs George BRONSON. Court Unity, F of
A, sent a delegation, including Chief Ranger Alfred ASHMORE
and other officers, to represent the Court at the funeral
of their deceased brother. Rev Mr MORRIS, of Bethany,
conducted services at the house and at the grave. The
fraternal services were conducted by the Chief Ranger
of Court Unity, F of A.
A pillow of flowers with the word “Brother”
was given by Court Unity, and there were other handsome
floral tributes. A large number of friends attended the
service. The deceased leaves a wife and one daughter,
Mrs George BRONSON, to mourn his loss. The interment was
in Pinesbridge Cemetery. Much sympathy is extended to
Sequel to an Ashton Engine Sale
Before his Honour Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., at the Ashton
County Court, on Thursday, the case of George BRADSHAW,
firewood dealer at Stalybridge, against J T COOPER, cooper,
Mill-lane, Ashton, for damages for alleged misrepresentation
on the sale of an engine and boiler, was heard. Mr HEWITT,
solicitor, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr RYCROFT,
barrister, Manchester, represented the defendant.
When the case was called at Stalybridge
in December, his Honour then thought a settlement might
be arrived at before the hearing of the defendant’s
case came up, but Mr RYCROFT now informed the court that
no settlement had been arrived at. He outlined the case
for the defendant, and said the boiler and engine were
sold to the plaintiff for £14, but the plaintiff
now argued that he was told it was fit to work for two
After it had been working for six or seven
weeks the boiler commenced to leak, and became totally
useless. The plaintiff asked for a return of £4
as it had turned out bad, and said nothing about a warranty.
He contended there was no warranty, and produced evidence
to this effect.
The defendant said he had a gas engine for
sale in May of last year, but the plaintiff wanted the
steam engine he himself was using. He decided to let them
have it, and use the gas engine himself, but said nothing
about it lasting two years.
His Honour thought no warranty had been
given that the engine would do the work of the plaintiff,
neither did he think there was any implied warranty or
express warranty given. He found judgment for the defendant
on the claim, the counter claim having been withdrawn.
DEATH OF A STALYBRIDGE
MAN IN AMERICA
It is with deep regret that we announce the death of Mr
Isaac WALKER, of Penn-street, Frankford, Philadelphia,
USA. Deceased was formerly employed as a self-acting minder
at the North End Mills, Stalybridge, but left there to
go to Canada during the cotton panic, about 41 years ago.
He was well known as a member of the Congregational Church,
Melbourne-street, Stalybridge, and took an active interest
in the Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Society, being
a teacher of arithmetic.
Referring to his death, an American contemporary says:—
Isaac WALKER, the well-known manufacturer, died at 6.30
yesterday afternoon at his home, Penn and Overington-streets,
aged 63 years. He had been ill for nearly a year with
heart failure, but had only been confined to the house
the last six weeks.
Mr WALKER was born in England, and came to America about
42 years ago. He settled in Canada for a short time, and
then went into the grocery business at the Falls of Schuylkill,
where he was married. He came to Frankford about 30 years
ago to superintend the spinning department Garard's Mills.
Some years later he went into the spinning business on
his own account, and located in Crankshaw's Mills. The
business was a success.
He afterwards formed a partnership with Gideon RICHMOND,
under the firm name of Walker and Richmond, removing the
plant to the Frogmoor Mills. The business was conducted
for upwards of ten years, until 1896, when the mill was
destroyed by fire and the partnership dissolved. Mr WALKER
rebuilt the mill and continued the business until about
two years ago, when he retired from the manufacturing
He leaves a wife and two daughters, Mrs George LOCKHART
and Mrs Lillie HOLMES, and a son, J Stanley WALKER, of
the Survey Department. The funeral will take place on
Monday afternoon at two o'clock.
At the Police Court on Monday, Mary Ann OGDEN was charged
with being disorderly in Bridge-street, and William Henry
OGDEN, her husband, was summoned for being drunk and disorderly
at the same time.
PC BARROW said that at about 10.20 on the
12th inst he saw the male defendant in Bridge-street.
He had occasion to speak to him about his conduct, and
while doing so Mary Ann came up and commenced shouting
and cursing. He said he would have to report them, and
asked them for their names and addresses, but they both
gave wrong ones.
Mary Ann during the constable’s evidence
grew rather excited, and constantly interrupted him, swearing
that he was telling lies. — William Henry pleaded
not guilty. — Constable BARRON deposed to seeing
him create a disturbance, shouting and cursing; he gave
a wrong address. — Defendant said he gave the name
of “Mr Nothing,” because he was not guilty.
— The magistrates took a lenient view of the case,
and fined them half a crown each.
PRESENTATION TO A LATE
A friendly gathering of railway servants was held at the
Rose and Crown Inn, Stalybridge, on Saturday evening,
when a presentation of a walking stick and smoker’s
outfit was made to Mr Alfred DAWSON, which had been subscribed
for by the staff at Stalybridge Joint Station, to show
the respect in which he was held by the staff generally,
he having left the service and gone to Summers’
works after being on the railway for about 15 years.
The chair was occupied by Signalman S C
HOMER, who, after a few suitable remarks, called upon
Colonel George PEARSON to make the presentation, which
he did in his usual able manner, giving some good advice
to all. The genial stationmaster, Mr BRAMBY, was present,
and testified to the esteem in which Alfred DAWSON was
held by his late comrades, and all wished him success
in his new sphere of life.
After the presentation the chair was occupied
by Mr David HILTON, and the rest of the evening was spent
in songs and recitations. Songs were given by G H KENWORTHY,
H GOSLING, H COLLINS, Tom DAWSON, Herbert BEELEY, Arthur
CORKNELL, Abraham THORP, Jack MORTON, and Ernest COLLINS.
Mr William GRUNDY gave two excellent recitations. Harry
LEE presided at the piano.
The annual show of potatoes, fruit, flowers, and vegetables
in connection with the Gardeners’ Arms, Taunton-road,
is always looked forward two with considerable interest
by growers and other in the district. This was especially
the case when the annual event took place on Saturday,
Sunday, and Monday, there being large crowds of visitors.
The show had the distinction this year of
having on exhibition the largest potato grown in the Ashton
district for many years weighing 28 ounces, shown by Jonathan
FIELDING. The largest potato last year was 21 ounces.
The show was, as usual, held in the large
corrugated iron building behind the Gardeners’ Arms,
which was turned into a little fairy garden by choice
decorations of prettily disposed plants, ferns, flowers,
and festoons of flags and creepers suspended from the
ceiling, the work of Mr and Mrs Harry KALENY, the host
and hostess, who received great praise from the many visitors
for their artistic skill.
A FEW MORE FUNNY ADVERTISEMENTS
The first advertisement which was known to have appeared
in 1648 for two horses which had been stolen; but since
then the general tone of advertisements has risen, and
is rising and improving. Here is a tit bit from a paper
in the last century, the like of which we don’t
”I, Elizabeth WILKINSON, of Clerkenwell,
having had some words with Hannah HYFIELD, and requiring
satisfaction, I do invite her to meet me on the stage
and fight for three guineas, I and she to hold half-a-crown
in each hand, and the one who lets the money fall first
to lose the day.”
The next week comes the answer to this as
follows:— “I, Hannah HYFIELD, will not fail,
God willing, to give Elizabeth WILKINSON more blows than
words. She may expect from me a good dressing, and no
favour, the Lord be my helper.”
In a Yankee paper appeared the following:—
A splendid horse fell in the Broadway of New York, and
it was dangerous to get him on his legs until some operation
was performed upon him. White he lay there it was thought
he should do some good, so a bill-sticker posted a large
poster on his side, which, of course, thousands read.
Here is a copy of it: “James Brown, 17 Chestnut-street,
bug destroyer to President Johnson, Queen Victoria, and
the Emperor of the French.”
Here is another:— “Solution
of the great American difficulty.” This appeared
during the American war, and is as follows:— “All
Negroes notice. You can become white. Levare’s recent
discovery will remove the pigmentary deposits from the
skin, changing the darkest complexion to a bright olive
in the course of from three to ten weeks. This compound
is free from all poisonous and irritating qualities and
although its effects are rapid, yet it is perfectly harmless
to the skin.”
Another:— “The Necessities of
Life — A fire in winter, a meal in hunger, a drink
in thirst, a bed at night, a lucifer in the dark, and
— what? — Kaye’s Wordsell’ Pills
at all times.”
A fellow in Lincoln advertised a small box
for sale containing an infallible cure for rats and mice
in corn stacks. It was a piece of paper in a pill box
with the words on it, “Catch them and kill them.”