28 March 1903
DEATH AT ASHTON MOSS COLLIERY
At Navigation Hotel, Hyde, on Friday week, an inquest
was held by Mr F NEWTON into the circumstances attending
the sudden death of a collier named David HOLLAND, 21
years of age, of 18 Reed-street, Hyde.
Daniel HOLLAND, a collier,
said the deceased was his son, and was a wagoner. Deceased
went to his work about 12.30 on Tuesday afternoon at the
New Moss Colliery, Ashton, when he appeared to be in good
health. Witness was informed of his death about 20 minutes
past ten the same night. Deceased had had no ailment.
Dr T F DANIELS said he made
a post-mortem examination of the body of the deceased
the previous day. There was a slight bruise over the left
temple, and the face, forehead, and chest were intensely
congested. There was no other sign of external violence.
Internally he found the right side of the heart, the large
veins leading to it, and the lungs congested and coloured.
The cause of death was, in his opinion, asphyxia, coupled
with syncope. He was satisfied that the deceased’s
death was not due to receiving any accident whilst following
George BENNETT, 2 Hanover-street,
Audenshaw, a collier employed at the New Moss Colliery,
said he was working there on Tuesday afternoon. About
seven o’clock the deceased assisted him to fill
two wagons, and he then went to the bottom of the brow
and hooked two empty tubs at the bottom, and witness then
hooked two full tubs at the top, and they were gigged
down the brow one at a time.
When the ninth tub reached
the bottom of the brow witness saw the deceased unhook
the chain. Deceased was about 20 yards away from witness
at the time. Shortly afterwards he heard a man named FOX
shout for assistance. Witness and another man named MASSEY
immediately ran down to the bottom of the brow and saw
HOLLAND in a kneeling position, with his hands under his
chin. Deceased groaned, but never spoke or took any notice.
Deceased expired in a few minutes. He never complained
to witness during the afternoon, and seemed to be quite
A verdict was recorded in accordance
with the medical evidence, viz, that deceased had died
from natural causes.
FOR A GORTON CONVICT
The Secretary of State Declines to Remit the Sentence
In answer to the petition by over 5,000 people, including
magistrates, councillors, &c, praying for the release
of Francis BIRCH, who was sentenced at the Liverpool Assizes
in February 1900 to seven years penal servitude, for shooting
with intent to do grievous bodily harm, Mr E F G HATCH,
MP for the Gorton Division, has received a reply from
the Home Office, stating that the Secretary of State,
after having considered carefully all the circumstances
of the case, regrets he does not feel justified in advising
any remission of the sentence.
Mr HATCH forwarded the reply
to the chairman of the Gorton District Council (Councillor
W T SHOWELL, JP), and this was read at the monthly meeting
of the District Council on Wednesday evening.
The Chairman said they had
done their best, and they had the assurance of Mr HATCH
that he had done all he could, and he (the chairman) thought
there was nothing more only to let it drop. Councillor
JUDGE: I think we ought not to let the matter drop.
The Chairman thought they might
wait a little and consider what ought to be done. –
(Hear, hear.) Councillor TAYLOR had acted as secretary
in the matter, and he was sure he had done his very best
to bring about, if possible, some satisfactory result.
– (Hear, hear.) The matter was then dropped.
CHARGE AGAINST A DUKINFIELD MAN
Kicking Affray at Oldham
A man named William PATE, of Dukinfield, was brought up
at the Oldham Police Court on Saturday, charged with inflicting
bodily harm on Hammond BRIERLEY. The Chief Constable stated
that on the 17th inst, the prisoner entered the Roebuck
Hotel, King-street, and struck the prosecutor, knocking
him off his stool, and afterwards kicking him in the chest.
The injured man was now in a critical condition, and it
might be necessary to take his depositions before the
day was out, pneumonia having supervened. He asked that
the prisoner be remanded for a week.
The prisoner asked for bail.
The Chief Constable said he had no objection when the
man was out of danger. He understood the prisoner had
worked for the prosecutor, and that there had been some
dispute between them. The Bench agreed to accept bail,
the prisoner in £20 and two sureties of £10
At the Manchester City Police Court on Monday, Samuel
Ellor TAYLOR, mechanic, of Norbury-street, West Gorton,
was again brought up on a charge of causing the death
of his wife, Alexandra Mary, by hitting her with his fists.
At the previous hearing the evidence for the prosecution
was not quite completed.
It was to the effect that TAYLOR
quarreled with his wife and knocked her head against the
scullery door. After hitting her in the eye, and making
her nose bleed, he knocked her down. Deceased, in return,
had struck prisoner with a toasting fork, and tried to
hit him with a poker. Afterwards prisoner asked his wife’s
forgiveness, but she refused to forgive him, and, going
to a friend’s house, died the following morning.
Deceased’s nose was broken,
and her face bruised. – Prisoner, asked what he
had to say, replied: “I am not guilty of causing
her death.” – Mr BRIERLEY committed prisoner
for trial at the Assizes, releasing him on his own recognisances.
– In consequence of the inquest having been commenced
by the late Mr Sidney SMALL, it will be necessary to exhume
the body in order that Mr AITKEN (deputy coroner) may
view it before commencing the enquiry.
CHAMPION DOG STEALER” AT DUKINFIELD
John LEWIS, well known in the Manchester district as a
dog fancier, was in custody at Dukinfield Police Court,
on Thursday, charged with stealing a Yorkshire terrier
belonging to Mr George POTTS, canal carrier, of Springside.
The prosecutor said on September
25th last he was the owner of a Yorkshire terrier, bitch,
which disappeared on that date. He valued it at £3.
Mary POTTS, wife of the last witness, said she saw the
prisoner a few yards away from her house on the canal
bank. The dog was running about loose. Shortly afterwards
the prisoner disappeared she missed the dog. She identified
the prisoner amongst a number of other men. – Other
witnesses were called to the same effect.
Constable KENNY said he received
prisoner in custody on Wednesday from the Manchester police.
He made no reply to the charge. KENNY further stated that
when conveying LEWIS to Dukinfield he told him that if
he got the case tried that morning he would do KENNY some
good, and tell him where he could find the dog. –
Prisoner: That is not so. I told him if anyone could find
the dog, I could do so.
Superintendent CROGHAN said
the prisoner was known in Manchester as “The champion
dog stealer” of the district, and had been before
the magistrates of that city on such a charge. No fewer
than 50 stolen dogs from Longsight Station to London,
Leeds, Nottingham and other towns, and he had not the
slightest doubt but that LEWIS. – Prisoner said
he had not been convicted for dog stealing.
The Chairman (Alderman C H
BOOTH) said the magistrates were satisfied that he took
the terrier belonging to Ms POTTS. They were only going
by the evidence before them, and were dealing with him
as a first offender. Then again from prisoner’s
observations, they were led to believe he knew something
regarding the lost dog. He would be fined £10, or
on default of payment one month’s imprisonment.
NEGLECT AT GORTON
A Shocking Case
At the Manchester County Stipendiary’s Court last
week end, details of a shocking case of neglect of children
at Gorton were related. The prosecution was the sequel
to a visit paid by Sergeant DAVIES of Gorton, to a house
occupied by a woman named Mary ROBINSON, who lives in
He entered the house at midnight,
and a shocking sight was presented. Upon going into the
kitchen he saw the woman sitting in front of the fire,
and she was under the influence of drink. Well-knowing
that the woman had four children, he asked her where they
were, and she replied in the workhouse. Not being satisfied
he made a further search about the premises, and he found
three children, two boys and a girl, in an outhouse in
the backyard, and they were in a very dirty state.
All the windows of the house
were broken, and upstairs there was a little boy lying
on a dirty mattress. The only food in the house was a
dry crust of bread, and the children, when it was given
to them, ate it ravenously. The mother was sent to prison
for three months.
William MOORES, described as
a labourer, and the man who had been cohabiting with the
prisoner in the above case, was also charged with neglecting
the children. The facts of the case were given, when Mary
ROBINSON, with whom the prisoner had been cohabiting for
between nine and ten years.
Sergeant DAVIES related the
case against the man. He added that the children were
now in the workhouse at Withington. Prisoner was said
to be of very intemperate habits. – Mr J M YATES
(the County Stipendiary) and Mr Joshua SMITH, the magistrates,
sent prisoner to gaol for one month with hard labour.
HE MET A FRIEND. – John BRACEGIRDLE
pleaded guilty at the Ashton County Police Court, on Wednesday,
to being drunk and disorderly on licensed premises at
Hurst, on March 7th, and said he met a friend who treated
him. – Fined 10s.
THE BEGGING NUISANCE.
– A rough-looking man was in the dock at
the Ashton County Police Court, on Monday, charged with
begging at Hurst on Sunday. – Prisoner pleaded guilty.
– Constable ALFORD said that at 10 minutes to 11
on Sunday night prisoner was begging from the foot passengers
in King-street. He was taken to the Police Station and
locked up. – Superintendent HEWITT said there had
been a great many complaints of beggars, who, when refused,
used abusive language. – Prisoner was sentenced
to seven days’ hard labour.
BROKE THROUGH A HOARDING.
– John BATES was in custody on Monday,
charged with being drunk at Hurst, on Saturday. –
Prisoner pleaded guilty. – Sergeant SHEE stated
that at 11.55 prisoner was drunk and incapable in Union-road.
Witness received information that prisoner had got through
an opening in the hoarding round the new police station.
On going through the opening he found prisoner in the
enclosure. What he was going to do witness did not know,
or whether it was the effect of the drink. – Prisoner:
I was drunk, and I did not know what I was doing. –
A fine of 2s 6d, and costs, or seven days’ imprisonment,
PRESENTATION TO AN
INNKEEPER. – At the fortnightly meeting
of the No 5 Lodge of the Miners’ Union, held at
the Oddfellows’ Arms, Hurst, on Friday of last week,
an interesting presentation was to made to Mr J T ELIFFE,
for eight years licensee of the Oddfellows’ Arms,
who has gone to keep the Grapes Hotel, Stockport, and
who, whilst at Hurst, was treasurer for the No 5 Lodge
of the Miners’ Union. The presentation, consisting
of a gold medal suitably inscribed, was made by the chairman
(Mr H M CHADDERTON) in suitable terms, and Mr ELIFFE tendered
John HUDSON and Albert ASHWORTH were before the Ashton
County Justices, on Wednesday, charged with committing
a breach of the peace at Hurst, on March 9th. –
HUDSON pleaded guilty and ASHWORTH not guilty. –
A Constable stated that at five minutes past eleven on
Monday night he saw the two defendants fighting together
and creating a great disturbance. – ASHWORTH said
he was going home quietly with the supper beer, when HUDSON
commenced shouting at him. He followed him home, and struck
him, and knocked his hat into the road. – HUDSON
said ASHWORTH had made an accusation against him, and
he asked him about it, whereupon he ran away. –
The Bench dismissed the case against ASHWORTH, and bound
HUDSON over in 40s to keep the peace for three months.
ASSAULT UPON A WIFE AT DUKINFIELD
At the Police Court, on Thursday, William Henry BARDSLEY,
greengrocer, was brought up on remand charged with unlawfully
wounding his wife on the 19th instant under the following
Alice Ann BARDSLEY said: I
am the wife of the prisoner, and live with him at 18 Birch-lane,
Dukinfield. I remember last Thursday my husband came home
about 11 o’clock in the forenoon. He remained in
the house all the afternoon drinking whiskey. At half-past
five o’clock in the afternoon he struck me on the
head with the hammer produced. He said “take that,”
and I ran out.
I had a quarrel with him at
dinner time, but I thought it had quietened down. I was
standing at the back kitchen door at the time he struck
me. After the second blow, I fell into a cart, and he
struck me the third blow whilst I was there. I got away
into a neighbour’s house. I have suffered very much
since. I want a separation, your worships.
By the Prisoner: I did not
pull a bed down and send for a donkey and cart to remove
it, and tell you to clear out. My daughter did not strike
Bertha BARDSLEY said: I am
the daughter of the prisoner and the last witness, and
live with them. I was at the back door at 5.30 on Thursday
last, and saw my father strike my mother three times on
the head, saying “take that.” She cried “oh,”
and ran down the entry. I saw afterwards that my mother
was bleeding from wounds in the head. Dr BOOTH was sent
for, and also the police.
MY mother told me to frighten
him, that we had been looking for a little house, and
were going to leave him. He has been drinking. –
Prisoner: For six days. She smacked me in the face. –
Witness denied this. She never touched him. – Mr
WOOD: Perhaps you would have liked if you could? Yes,
because his language is so bad. – Prisoner: If I
ever get over this, I will not take any more drink.
James CHADWICK, baker, 143
Leech-street, proved seeing Mrs BARDSLEY running down
the entry bleeding from wounds in the head. She would
have fallen if he had not held her. He assisted her into
a neighbour’s house.
Dr BOOTH spoke to the seriousness
of the injuries inflicted upon the woman. The prisoner
was committed for trial at the Knutsford Sessions, bail
DEATH AT HURST
Neglecting to Send for a Doctor
An inquest was held at the Church Inn, Higher King-street,
Hurst, on Thursday morning, by Mr J F PRICE, district
coroner, on the body of Alice YOUNG, aged seven months,
daughter of George and Mary YOUNG, of Lees Tollbar, Lees-road,
who died about 9 o’clock on Tuesday morning.
Mary YOUNG, mother of the deceased,
said the child had good health up to Friday night, when
she commenced breathing very heavily. She was not flushed
in any way, but she became very heated and sleepy. Witness
placed a linseed poultice on her chest, and she slept
very well until Saturday morning, when she seemed a bit
worse, the breathing being heavier. Witness applied another
poultice and continued this form of treatment up to Monday
morning, when she gave the child some linseed tea, and
a tablespoonful of brandy and water.
The Coroner: What! A tablespoonful
of brandy and water for a child seven months old? Yes.
– Continuing, witness said she kept the child in
a cradle downstairs. She did not take any food. On Tuesday
morning, about six o’clock, the child was taken
worse, and became sleepy and drowsy. Witness had been
up with the child all night. The child was still hot and
feverish, and about 8.30 on Tuesday morning witness deemed
it advisable to send for Doctor BRADLEY, of Ashton, who
came at 9.30, the child having died in the meantime.
The doctor did not say anything
as to why she did not send for him before. Witness had
buried other children, one of them having died from burns,
and an inquest was held. The reason she did not send for
a doctor earlier was because she thought the child was
getting better. The child was insured in a penny club,
but witness would only draw about 30s.
The Coroner: There is a great
neglect on your part in not sending for a doctor earlier,
and trying to doctor the child yourself. You had plenty
of time, even if you could not afford it, to get the parish
doctor. You are evidently one of those people who leave
the matter to the last minute, and then report it to the
doctor expecting to get a certificate.
George YOUNG, father of the
child, said he noticed the child was ill on Saturday morning.
The mother sat up with the child every night. On the Monday
morning he thought the child was on the improve, but the
same morning he suggested sending for the doctor as the
child appeared worse. He did not think it necessary to
call a doctor because others of his children had been
ill on and off and had got right again.
The Coroner cautioned both
the father and mother that if ever they had such another
case as this one he should order a post-mortem, and if
it turned out that the doctor could have saved the child’s
life, they would run a risk of being tried for manslaughter.
If ever a child of theirs was ill again, he said, they
must not wait, as they had done in the present case, but
send for the doctor at once. Had they called a doctor
in, no doubt the child would have been saved. It was very
neglectful of the parents.
The jury returned a verdict
of death from natural causes, probably bronchitis or inflammation
of the lungs, accelerated by want of medical attention.
UPON A DUKINFIELD INNKEEPER
George Crossland in Trouble
At the Dukinfield Police Court, on Thursday, the well-known
pedestrian, George CROSSLAND, was summoned for being drunk
and disorderly and refusing to quit the licensed premises
of Liston’s Hotel, on the 19th, also with assaulting
the landlord, Mr Jonas Edward MALLALIEN, on the same date.
Defendant pleaded not guilty.
Mr J W SIMISTER, solicitor,
appeared on behalf of the complainant, and stated that
on Thursday afternoon Mr MALLALIEN was in the house alone
when the defendant entered, apparently from what transpired,
with the deliberate intention of creating a disturbance.
Mr MALLALIEN was having his
tea, and defendant asked him to have a drink, and he naturally
refused. Defendant became abusive, used violent and disgusting
language, and threatened to inflict bodily injuries. He
asked the defendant to leave the house. He refused to
do so. Mr MALLALIEN was compelled to eject him by the
side door. He, however, got into the bar, and was again
He then went to the front door
and entered the vault. He picked up a plant pot and flung
it at complainant, at the same time running out, and threatening
to smash the windows. Shortly afterwards he entered again
with the large stone produced, and flung it at the complainant’s
head, fortunately missing him. At the same time he said,
“I intend to murder you.”
Mr MALLALIEN, in self-defence,
was compelled to close with the defendant, and they got
into the street in front of the house. He forcibly held
him down for fear of getting further injuries. During
the struggle the defendant left the imprint of his teeth
on his right arm.
Mr MALLALIEN sent for the police,
but unfortunately no constable was about, They got separated,
and then defendant actually challenged the complainant,
and suggested they should go into an adjoining field for
that purpose. Mr MALLALIEN thinking defendant had quietened
down went into the house. The defendant, and asked for
a drink, and was again refused. The complainant was called,
and gave evidence bearing out Mr SIMISTER’s statement.
Defendant said he went into
the house and called for a drink. He was served, and then
he introduced the question of a picnic club and some money.
Mr MALLALIEN said, “If you want anything you can
soon have it.” He pulled the table on one side,
and struck him in the face five or six times and kicked
him. He did not remember throwing the stone, but he remembered
getting a good hiding. He was knocked unconscious.
The Chairman said the
bench considered they were not at all severe when they
fined defendant 5s 6d and costs or 14 days for being drunk
and disorderly and refusing to quit, and 10s 6d and costs
or 14 days for the assault. Defendant asked to be allowed
time for payment. Mr SIMISTER did not object.