27 June 1903
TO MR ABEL BUCKLEY, J.P.
As Mr Abel BUCKLEY, J.P., was being driven in a hansom
from Ryecroft Hall along Manchester-road in the direction
of Ashton, on Tuesday afternoon, the horse suddenly stumbled
and fell, and Mr BUCKLEY was thrown with much violence
against the front of the hansom, fortunately without injury
to himself, though he was severely shaken. He continued
the journey to Ashton in another conveyance.
ON FIRE AT ASHTON
Child Burned to Death
A sad occurrence is reported from the neighbourhood of
Crickets-lane, Ashton. About 5pm on Thursday the Ashton
police authorities were notified of a fire having broken
out at a provision shop, numbered 80 Crickets-lane, occupied
by James JACKSON. The float, along with a contingent of
fireman, were dispatched, but on arrival the fire had
been put out by a few buckets of water.
From the statement of Margaret
Ann JACKSON, wife of the tenant of the shop, it appears
that about four o’clock on Thursday afternoon she
locked the front door and went out by the back way to
her sister-in-law’s house, who lives next door,
leaving her child in the kitchen, eating a cake. After
being in her sister-in-law’s house a few minutes,
a little girl came and told her there was smoke coming
from the shop door.
She ran into the house by the
back way and found it full of smoke, the tablecloth, sofa,
bed and hearthrug all burnt, and the child lying between
the kitchen and shop with his clothes in flames. The mother
screamed out, and a neighbour named Eliza HARRISON took
off her apron and wrapped it round the child, and put
out the flames. The clothing was partly destroyed, and
the child was fearfully burnt about the face, arms and
Linseed oil and limewater were
applied to the burns, and the child was taken to Dr BLEASDALE’s
surgery by Mr LOWE, who lives in Crickets-lane. After
being medically attended, the child was taken to Mr LOWE’s
house, and died shortly afterwards. An empty match box
was afterwards found on the hearthrug, which the mother
said was not there when she went out of the house, and
it is supposed the child took the box from a shelf and
set fire to himself and the house.
At the Ashton Bankruptcy Court, on Thursday, before the
Registrar, Mr H HALL, the examination in bankruptcy took
place – by Mr C J DIBB, the official receiver –
of John Wm. NORRIS, lately residing at the Royal Oak Inn,
Vaudrey-street, Stalybridge, and now a refreshment house
keeper. The gross liabilities were stated as £200
17s 9d. The causes of failure, as alleged by bankrupt,
were bad trade, small profits, heavy interest on loans,
illness of his wife and children and household and personal
expenditure in excess of profits. The receiving order
was made on bankrupt’s own petition.
The debtor stated that from
January 1901 to November 1902 he carried on business as
an innkeeper at the Royal Oak Inn, that he put £406
capital of his own into that business, but which practically
was lost therein. On leaving the inn he received a net
sum of £313 2s 3d, which, except for about £8,
he paid to his creditors. He commenced business as a refreshment
house keeper about six or seven months ago when he had
liabilities amounting to about £140.
He had kept sufficient books
of account (particularly neither cash book nor creditors’
ledgers), nor while in business ascertained his financial
position, and only first became aware of his insolvency
about five months ago, and had since contracted some of
his existing liabilities.
In reply to the Official Receiver,
debtor stated that when he went into the Royal Oak Inn
he was told he would derive considerable revenue from
two clubs held at the house. He first knew of his insolvency
about a fortnight after he left the Royal Oak Inn, after
he had paid away the purchase money and found he had only
a few pounds left to discharge liabilities. – There
were no creditors present, and the examination was closed.
ROOM AT THE FREE LIBRARY
Sir, - May I be permitted to trespass upon your valuable
space to draw attention to what I think is a great hardship
to the large number of unemployed, namely the closing
of the news room at the Technical School. If a person
is really looking for work naturally the first thing for
him is to see the advertisements in all the principal
papers. Now a poor man cannot afford to buy them, so he
is left ignorant of possibly a situation in Ashton and
walks miles with likely unsuccess.
What I would suggest is that
a hoarding be placed in some convenient space, and the
advertisement columns of the principal papers be pasted
on as soon as received. Of course, I know this would entail
a certain amount of extra trouble for one, but that is
justified by the good it would do the many. Hoping that
someone with influence will move in this matter, and thanking
you in anticipation for imparting this humble letter.
I remain yours truly,
One of the Unemployed
AT ASHTON MOSS COLLIERY
Killed by a Fall of Roof
A sad fatality occurred at the Ashton New Moss Colliery,
on Monday night, when a collier named John BESWICK, residing
at 172 Church-street, Ashton, was crushed to death by
a fall of roof. He was working on No 8 brow, north level
No 1 tunnel, along with another collier named Samuel BESWICK,
when the latter heard a noise, and on turning round he
saw the roof had fallen near to where the deceased was
He called out “Jack,”
but got no answer, and on going to the spot found the
deceased lying on his right side, his head pinned between
a prop and a stone weighing about 2cwt, and other smaller
portions of roof on his body. The stone was rolled off
him, but he never spoke, and was then apparently dead.
He was wound to the surface of the pit, and conveyed home
in the colliery ambulance.
The inquest was held on Thursday
morning at the King William the Fourth Hotel, Stamford-street,
before Mr J F PRICE (the Manchester County Coroner) and
a jury. Mr T H WORDSWORTH, manager of the colliery, and
Mr Jesse BUTLER, miners’ agent, were present at
the inquiry, along with Mr G JERRARD, H.M. inspector of
mines. Mr A BOOTH was foreman of the jury.
Samuel BESWICK, coal miner,
of 66 Park-street, Ashton, said: Deceased was my uncle,
and lived at 172 Church-street. He was a coal miner and
52 years of age last birthday. We both worked at the New
Moss Colliery. The accident happened on Monday last. We
both started work together at 2.30 in the afternoon. All
went well until 8.15, and then I heard a fall from the
direction of deceased.
I went to his place and saw
him lying on the ground on his right side, with a lump
of dirt on the left side of his neck. It would weigh about
2cwt. It was pinning his neck against a prop. I helped
remove the stone off him, and we found he was dead. I
saw there had been a fall from the roof between a break
and a slip. They were plainly to be seen. I had heard
of no previous warning.
The fireman was round to make
a second examination about eight o’clock. He called
to me and asked if we had our chockwood ready to set a
chock, as we had got the coal cleared. I said we had half
of it, and I could chop the other half. He gave us no
instructions as to doing in the meantime. I was in charge
of the place. The fall occurred about 15 minutes after
the fireman had left.
We were aware of the break
before the fall, but not the slip. If he could have had
time to get his coal out he could have set a temporary
prop, and prevented the fall. Deceased was moving the
coal at the time. We had plenty of timber. There was room
to have set a prop if he had gone to the trouble before
he had moved his coal. It was no more dangerous than any
other place I have worked in.
Mr JERRARD said he was glad
to know that the witness had learned a lesson by that
sad fatality, “A stick of wood placed there would
have prevented the accident.” – Witness: Yes.
– The Inspector: If you are in a similar place,
you will remember next time? – Yes. He admitted
a temporary prop would have prevented the accident.
John GREENWOOD, the fireman,
said: I live at 34 Ellison-street, Ashton. I am a fireman
at New Moss Colliery. I was round the deceased’s
working place at about five o’clock, and fired a
shot after making an examination of the surroundings.
At five o’clock I gave instructions to clear the
coal away and get other props up, and put a prop just
in the lower side where the shot was fired. I saw deceased
commence to clear the coal away, and then left.
At eight o’clock I went
again and examined it. I did not then notice anything
particularly dangerous, but urged deceased to get his
coal out of the way as quickly as possible, and get another
roof support. I then left there again, and directly afterwards
– about 15 minutes later – I heard there had
been a fall. I returned and saw deceased was being released
by the last witness and another man. He was quite dead.
There had been a fall of dirt, which came from the face,
between the coal and the slip. Had I thought the place
dangerous I should have ordered them set temporary bars
whilst they cleared the coal away
It was not possible to set
the prop anywhere until the coal had been moved away.
I thought the coal would hold until a chock had been set.
There could not have been a temporary prop put where the
accident occurred. Coal was in the way, and I could not
see how they could put a prop there. Answering the Inspector,
witness said he made a careful examination of the roof.
BESWICK was recalled, and he
stated the first prop was set about six o’clock.
The Inspector: I am satisfied with the answer. Even then
two hours elapsed, and nothing was done to support the
roof. The Coroner thought the accident had been caused
through an error of judgment. – The Foreman was
of the opinion that a further prop could have been set
where they were working. Mr WORDSWORTH said deceased was
a thoroughly practical man. – A verdict of “Accidental
death” was returned.
TO AN ASHTON CYCLIST
Ran With His Head into a Horse
A sad accident occurred on Friday evening, about six o’clock,
to an Ashton cyclist named Thomas WRIGLEY, pipe fitter,
of 32 John-street, Ashton. He was proceeding along Old-street
on a bicycle, and when opposite the Globe Hotel he ran
with his head into a horse attached to a light trap owned
by Mr John ANDREW, Globe Hotel, and which was being driven
by Arthur ANDREW.
The cyclist was thrown violently
to the ground, where he lay in an unconscious condition.
He was carried into the Globe Hotel, where everything
done to restore him to consciousness. Dr DUNCAN’s
assistance was called in, and attended to the injuries,
and ordered his removal to the district infirmary, where
he was taken in the police horse ambulance.
THE MINERVA MILL, ASHTON
Information was received at the Ashton Police Office at
9.48 on Sunday night, from Thomas CALVERT, that the engine-house
of the Minerva Spinning Co Ltd, Ashton, was on fire. The
alarm bells were rung at the Town Hall, and the “Heginbottom”
fire engine was immediately despatched, followed by the
float with a contingent of firemen.
On arrival at the mill, it
was found that the fire had been extinguished by prompt
use of the fire appliances in connection with the mill.
It appears that a quantity of waste under a wooden bench
had by some means got on fire, and ignited a can of paraffin
oil, the flames of which started the sprinklers. The fire
extinguishing apparatus at the mill was immediately set
to work, and extinguished the flame, so that the services
of the Corporation fire brigade were not required. No
damage was done to the engine beyond the effect of the
water, the sprinklers having confined the fire to the
locality in which it originated. The cause of the outbreak
Sequel in the Ashton County Court
His Honour Judge Reginald BROWN, K.C., had before him
an interesting case to horse dealers at the Ashton County
Court on Thursday, in which Mr Charles BLACKBURN, butcher,
Ashton, sued Messrs C and T BEATTIE Ltd, carriers, Manchester,
for a sum of £4.
Mr A LEES appeared for the
plaintiff, and stated that the parties agreed to exchange
horses, and defendants to give £4, the value of
the plaintiff’s horse in excess of the value of
the defendants’ horse as agreed. – Mr Frederick
RAY (barrister), on behalf of the defendant, stated that
the horse received from the plaintiff was said to be sound,
but this turned out to be untrue, as the horse was suffering
from corns, and was consequently useless. The defendant
lodged a counterclaim for £12 and £2 10s for
the keep of the plaintiff’s horse.
Evidence was called to the
effect that Mr BEATTIE saw the horse in plaintiff’s
stable. Charles MITCHELL, one of the defendants’
men, showed the horse, and stated that it had corns but
ran soundly. He said he would run it in the yard, but
the defendant that was not necessary. – The defendant,
Mr BEATTIE, denied that anything was mentioned about corns,
and said he had been duped. It was the usual thing to
get a warranty that a horse was sound, and he trusted
to the honesty of the seller.
The reason given for the exchange
was because the plaintiff had not enough work for his
horse. When the horse was delivered it was found to be
lame, and when using it in the streets they were advised
by a policeman to take it in the stable. Mr MITCHELL,
veterinary surgeon, Manchester, spoke to examining the
horse and finding a corn, and also inflammation in both
feet. The horse was worth £5 or £6 in its
His Honour found that the horse
was not sound, and that there was a breach of warranty.
He gave judgment for the defendant in respect of the claim,
and allowed £6 on the counter claim.
LANDLORD FINED AT ASHTON
A Family Squabble
At the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday, James
Garforth FERGUSON, his wife Elizabeth FERGUSON, and his
son, James FERGUSON, were charged with committing a breach
of the police in Market-street, Droylsden, on June 8th.
Evidence was given by a sergeant
and a constable that at 12.20am on June 8th, the three
defendants were brawling, shouting and using bad language,
and struggling and fighting with one another in the doorway
of the Grey Mare Inn, Market-street. The constable, it
appears, had previously been called into the house and
remained there until 12.15 in the morning to prevent them
doing violence to each other.
Mrs FERGUSON went to the constable
at 9.30pm and asked him to keep a lookout as she was afraid
for her life. Her husband, she said, was drunk. She said
she would walk the streets before she would stop in the
house that night. The son was also in the quarrel and
kept interfering. The quarrel seemed to be about the boy,
who had had to leave home and go to live at Denton with
The husband denied striking
his wife, and said he had never done so in his life. –
It was stated that the son came over from Denton, and
wasted some money from his father, and there was a row.
– The father of the boy said he asked him to leave
home for quietness sake. He had been forbidden to come
into the house, and he was determined to come home, and
that was the chief trouble.
The Magistrates’ Clerk:
The point is whether he or your wife should go? –
The Chairman: You could give him something for his keep
each week. – The son told the Bench that he called
his father into the parlour, and the stepmother went out
to fetch a policeman. The Chairman: This is not the first
time trouble has come with second families and second
wives. This boy is evidently a subject of contention between
you and your wife. You have got quit of the public-house
in time, I think. – The magistrates bound the father
and son over in 40s to keep the peace for three months,
and dismissed the case against the wife.
AND MAYORESS OF ASHTON “AT HOME”
The Mayor and Mayoress of Ashton (Mr and Mrs J B POWNALL)
were “At Home” at the Mayor’s Parlour,
Town Hall, on Wednesday afternoon from three to five o’clock,
during which they received a large number of callers.
The Parlour was arranged for afternoon tea, and in the
centre a group of beautiful flowering plants was arranged,
which had a very pretty effect. The vestibule was prettily
draped and carpeted and an awning stretched to the foot
of the Town Hall steps, where the callers alighted from
their carriages. The decorations were daintily designed
and carried out by Mr J FISHER. An orchestral band, under
the able conductorship of Mr Tom CHEETHAM, played the
latest selections of music.